January 25, 2008 / 12:56 AM / 11 years ago

Tampa Bay's Alstott announces retirement

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Mike Alstott (40) waves as he walks off the field with his daughter Hannah (L) and son Griffin (R) after his NFL football game with the Seattle Seahawks in Tampa, Florida December 31, 2006. Alstott retired on Thursday, bringing an end to his 12 years in the NFL. REUTERS/Charles W Luzier

TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Mike Alstott retired on Thursday, bringing an end to his 12 years in the NFL.

Alstott, 34, missed the 2007 season after injuring his neck during a pre-season training camp.

“I’m very sad to walk away from a game I love,” Alstott told a news conference. “Physically, I can’t continue.”

Alstott garnered 5,088 yards rushing and scored a total of 71 touchdowns with Tampa Bay. He scored a touchdown in the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl XXXVII win over the Oakland Raiders in 2003 and was named to the NFL All-Pro team six times from 1997-2002.

Alstott said he was having discussions with the Buccaneers about a job with the team. The Bucs said Alstott would be honored at a game during the 2008 season.

Writing by Robert Green; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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