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Mike Alstott


From 1992 to 1995, Mike Alstott was the poster boy for Purdue football. The bruising fullback from Joliet, Ill., enjoyed a stellar career despite playing on just one winning team. He is one of the most-decorated and most-accomplished players ever to don the Old Gold and Black.

  • He was voted team Most Valuable Player three times, making him the only player to achieve the distinction more than twice.
  • He left Purdue as the career leader in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, total touchdowns, all-purpose yards and 100-yard rushing games. In 43 contests, Alstott rushed for 3,635 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also caught 93 passes for 1,075 yards and three touchdowns, making him the only player in school history to have more than 2,500 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards.
  • He holds the school record for rushing yards in a season (1,436 in 1995) and ranks tied for second for rushing touchdowns in a season (14 in 1994). Alstott scored four rushing touchdowns in a game on three occasions.
  • He was voted the Purdue Male Athlete of the Year for the 1995-96 school year.

As a senior, Alstott was named an All-American and placed 11th in voting for the Heisman Trophy. He was widely regarded as the nation's top fullback.

Alstott's success didn't stop with his departure from Purdue. He was selected in the second round (35th pick overall) of the 1996 National Football League Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 11 seasons with the Bucs, Alstott became the franchise's all-time leader in rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns while playing in six Pro Bowls. He became the first Boilermaker alum to score a Super Bowl touchdown in Super Bowl XXXVII, a 48-21 Tampa Bay win over the Oakland Raiders.

Alstott's Purdue Statistics

Rushing

YearAtt.YardsAvg.TDLong
1992461954.2233
19931538165.31237
19942021,1885.91454
19952431,4365.91162
Totals6443,6355.63962

Receiving

YearNo.YardsAvg.TDLong
19921520813.9148
19933040713.6238
19942329813.0031
1995251626.5019
Totals931,07511.6348