ALSTOTT, MIKE

MIKE ALSTOTT

Inducted: June 25, 2014 in West Lafayette, IN

Date of Birth: December 21, 1973 in Joliet, IL

High School Attended: Joliet Catholic Academy         Graduated: 1992

High School Honors: Parade All-American; Chicago Sun-Times Illinois Player of the Year honors; rushed for 2,100 yards and 31 TDs as a senior; led team to 14-0 record and Class 4A State Championship as a junior with 1,820 yards and 26 TDs; also lettered in baseball.

College Attended: Purdue University                       Graduated: 1996

College Honors:  4-year starting fullback; team MVP last 3 years; Purdue's all-time leading rusher with 3,635 yards, 5.6 yards per carry; holds PU record for career TDs with 42 and all-time, all-purpose yardage leader; holds several single season records; rushed for 100 yards or more 16 times; only PU player to accumulate more than 2,500 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving; as a senior, finished 11th in Heisman Trophy balloting, First Team All-Big Ten, and Gannett All-American.

Professional Athletic Background:  Drafted 35th by NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1996 and played there 12 seasons; forced to retire on January 24, 2008, due to neck injuries .

Professional Athletic Honors:  Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003; after being named 2nd team All-Pro in 1996, became first offensive player in Bucs' team history to be named 1st team Associated Press All-Pro 1997; selected All-Pro fullback 6 times; holds franchise record of 71 TDs; ran for over 5,000 yards in NFL career.

Special Recognition:  Since retiring, has worked in private business in St. Petersburg area; established the Mike Alstott Family Foundation that supports the Children's Cancer Center, Ronald McDonald House, St. Petersburg All Children's Hospital, Sally House, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters in the St. Petersburg area; inducted into Purdue Athletics Hall of Fame 2006.

Family:  Wife, Nicole; children, Griffin, Hannah, and Lexie.