Thanks for the memories
September 1997 - Mike Alstott carries the ball in from the one-yard line in Minnesota. And carries a few Viking defenders in with him. And more importantly, he carries the revival of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on his broad shoulders.

For that one play epitomised the turn-around in fortunes of the Buccaneers more than any other. New uniforms, new owners, new coach, new stadium ... and new hopes for Buc fans around the world.

January 2008 - Mike Alstott officially says goodbye to No.40. No more A-Train whistles. No more battering ram touchdowns. All we are left with are the memories. But what memories those are.

Over here in the UK, Mike has five times been named the Bucs UK's Favourite Player, more than any other. Even in 2006, his last actual season on the field, he took over half the votes in this category. BUCPOWER.COM is about to produce its 100 Greatest Plays in Buccaneer history spanning all 32 years. Three of the top 30 feature Mike Alstott.

He was never the greatest runner, blocker or receiver in the NFL, perhaps not even in Buc annals. But there has never been a greater talisman or all-around team player like Mike. And for that alone, Buccaneer fans around the world will always respect the efforts of No.40. Thanks for the memories Mike.

Paul Stewart, The Tampa Tribune 25 January 2008