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Alstott Announces Retirement

                              Retired Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Mike Alstott 

What has been expected for some time has become official.  According to SportsTicker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Mike Alstott announced his retirement Thursday.  During a news conference,  he added, “I’m here to officially announce my retirement from football and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Though mentally I feel I can continue, physically, I can’t.  The second injury to my neck with prevent me from playing football forever.  Today is a day of mixed emotions.  I’m very sad to be walking away from the game I love.  But at the same time I am excited and blessed that it has taken me this far.”

Alstott missed the entire 2007 season after suffering neck pain during training camp; he was told to sit out the year and was placed on the injured reserve list.  Earlier this month, in an interview with Tampa radio station WDAE 620-AM, Alstott said that it wasn’t worth having surgery in order to possibly extend his career.  Alstott ends his 12-year career, during which he became the Buccaneers’ leading player in touchdowns with 71 and rushing TD’s with 56.  He ranks second in franchise history with 5,088 yards rushing.

Alstott enjoyed perhaps his finest season in 1999, when he rushed for 949 yards and 9 touchdowns; he was also part of the 2002 squad that won the Super Bowl.  Team executive Brian Glazer said that the team plans to celebrate Alstott’s career during a home game during the 2008 season; the date will be determined once the 2008 schedule is revealed.

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