Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The difficult legacy of running back Mike Alstott
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By Cory Kinnan

Yesterday Twitter and its Tampa Bay Buccaneers participants set the social outlet ablaze over their debate over former running back Mike Alstott.

Is the legacy of former running back built up by the fans and media of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, or do the numbers back up his eleven year career? There has quite the debate, and we will jump in here.

Throughout his 11 year career, Alstott totaled 5088 yards on over 1,300 carries, averaging less than four yards per carry; Alstott also scored 58 touchdowns on the ground. He caught 305 passes out of the backfield for nearly 2,300 yards and 13 touchdowns in the pewter and red as well.

He played his way to six Pro Bowls and named an All-Pro three times in his career as well. Alstott retired in 2006 and has since been inducted into the Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor. Let’s take a deeper dive into the career of the hard-nosed running back Alstott and his time in Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay Times staff member in charge of sports data and film for the Buccaneers Thomas Bassinger has provided Bucs’ twitter with analytical data such as DVOA, efficiency and productivity. He provided the argument that Alstott’s legacy is built more on reputation, team success, and name recognition more than on-field...

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