Mike Alstott (1996-2006)
Mike Alstott’s name at the top of this list is likely to ruffle some feathers. James Wilder leads the franchise in rushing yards and also posted some impressive receiving numbers, but this list is not solely focused on stats and records.
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Pound for pound, Alstott’s running style edges out James Wilder for this spot, but only barely so.
The exact reason why Alstott stands at the top of this list is his incredible versatility. There is no player in the history of the franchise that has possessed Alstott’s combined ability at running, receiving, and blocking.
The A-Train was listed as a fullback, but he predominantly played in the same role as a modern running back. Alstott was used in heavier sets as a blocker alongside another running back, but in the red zone, there was never a better Buccaneer running back than Alstott.
Alstott weighed in at nearly 250 pounds but was also light on his feet and possessed incredible balance. Even when he got hit in the backfield when a play was blown up, Alstott still found ways to make it back to the line of scrimmage or even break the play open despite the immediate disadvantage.
Alstott finished his career as the second all-time rusher with 5,088 rushing yards, first all-time in touchdowns with 58, and added on 2,284 receiving yards. Alstott was also a six-time Pro Bowler, a three-time All-Pro, and a Super Bowl champion in addition to these stats.
The stats are hard to argue, but Mike Alstott’s impact on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is one of the most substantial in franchise history, and that is why he sits at the top of this list.