Mike Alstott Joins Doug Williams In Ring Of Honor

May 13th, 2015


The surprise of the day for many visiting One Buc Palace today, including Joe, was Mike Alstott being rolled out as a 2015 Buccaneers Ring of Honor entry.

Word had leaked in advance on quarterback Doug Williams getting in, so Alstott was a real curveball, since the Bucs had never inducted two in the same year.

His family entered the auditorium seconds before the start and sat in the front row, which was a quite a tip-off before the inductees were formerly announced.

The A-Train, as expected, was thankful, humble and soft-spoken, reading from a script. He also joked that he appreciated all the attention going to Williams, so media — or anyone else — wasn’t pestering him at all. The secret was easy.

The Bucs will honor Williams and Alstott on two separate days.

Alstott will be unveiled first during the Buccaneers’ October 4 game against the Carolina Panthers. Then, on December 6, Williams will have his day, against the Atlanta Falcons.

31 Responses to “Mike Alstott Joins Doug Williams In Ring Of Honor”

  1. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    That’s awesome. Joe, any word as to why the two entries this year? Not to be mean, but I’m getting nervous that we might run out of inductees pretty soon. There certainly won’t be many from the post-Gruden era.

  2. Buc Neckid Says:

    Old and new each year would be nice
    Williams and Alstott
    Wilder and Lynch
    Bell and Barber
    and so on…

  3. Keith Says:

    YES! Alstott is the MAN!

  4. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    A Great Day in Tampa BAY !!!

  5. tmaxcon Says:

    After barber gets in ring, it’s going to be a long drought until LVD and America’s quarterback Jameis enters ring of honor.

  6. Patrick in VA Says:

    @BucNeckid – Do you think we have enough space to put all of those names up? I mean, I can’t help but hold out hope that we’ll have a few more super bowl runs in us and I’d say we’ll need places to honor those players without having to figure out whose names we’ll be taking down. There are a few stand out names that for sure need to go up there but I don’t think that we need to put every Buc player whose names we remember up there. With one super bowl to our name I’m not sure we should have a full ring of honor.

  7. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    James Wilder……

  8. Mariota Joe Says:

    Mike Alstott!!! HE is/was the face of the BUCS!!!! Ii’m not sure if ANY player was loved more than the A-Train!!! Congrats Mr. Alstott !!! But I’m wondering….why two? Hmmmm….especially when Williams was persona-non-grata for many years (and vice versa…he didn’t have a lot of nice things to say about the Bucs for a good stretch there…not saying he didn’t have a reason…just sayin’)….and booted out of Tampa….twice. Just a side note….Williams is listed on the Redskins (can I say that word?) website as one of the 80 Greatest Redskins of all time.

  9. Hawk Says:

    Why only the ‘flashy’ names? Paul Gruber?

  10. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    Gruber is there

  11. Jeagan1999 Says:

    I will continue to wear my #40 A-Train jersey with pride when I make it down to Tampa for a game or two this season! Alstott is and will continue to be one is my favorite athletes of all time! A guy whose heart is as big as his monstrous arms, legs and shoulders! I will always remember being in the stadium in 2002 when Mike put on a show against the Cleveland Browns. He ran OVER, AROUND and THROUGH the entire Browns defense and looked like a bull in a china shop! He was simply unstoppable unless gang tackled by the entire defense. I remember him standing in the huddle in the late 4th quarter, trying to catch his breath, sweat dripping, blood flowing from his elbows…and still making the Browns defense look totally incompetent as they bounced off those huge shoulder pads. So glad he will be honored for his contributions to that great team!

    So happy for Doug Williams too. He had left Tampa before I moved into the Bay Area and got into Bucs football, but he was a great passer and the honor is well deserved!

  12. Buc1987 Says:

    Congrats Mike Alstott. The A-train. Oh the memories, bam, bam, bam.

    This is awesome and truly deserved.

    I’ll never forget the time Mike was out in front Ray Jay for 2 hours after a home loss to the Steelers on Monday night sign autographs left and right. Other players would linger for a few minutes, sign a few things then walk away. Not Alstott though, just such an awesome Buc.

    This is a great day in Tampa Bay!

  13. SurfDog Says:

    “I love Mark Alstott”-Jon Gruden

  14. Mariota Joe Says:

    Alstott’s runs helped make Chris Berman’s Prime Time rise to stardom with his sound effects he used to describe the replays!

  15. Mariota Joe Says:

    And perhaps the greatest one yard TD run in NFL history!!!

  16. SeattleBuc Says:

    Dang I gotta re watch some Alstott highlights now. Remember A Train Busting off a long run against the Vikings, want to see that run.

  17. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    “JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:
    May 13th, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    James Wilder……”

    We don’t always agree. But, 100% Wilder.

  18. WalkdaPlank Says:

    I don’t have the privilege to say I was old enough to watch Doug play, but I sure as hell was there for the Alstott days. Well deserved. He brought meaning to the term “smash-mouth football”.

  19. Cannon Says:

    I had to go and watch some highlights of Alstott on youtube after reading this.

    The nostalgia almost made me cry.

  20. Stanglassman Says:

    Add me to the Wilder list JoJoFugi and Love & WD!

    Alstott deserves it too but JW should be 1st. Alstott make a bunch of pro bowls but only as a FB Wilder made ALL Pro and Pro bowls as a RB.

    Wilder 7 years 6K rushing 38 TD

    Alstott 11 years 5K rushing 58 TD

  21. Scott Says:

    I guess I was alone in always thinking Alstott was overrated. I remember a lot of fumbles inside the 5 yard line.

  22. Buc1987 Says:

    Seeing how there really wasn’t all that many real Buc fans left by the time Alstott came in, that stadium better be full on that day. So many bandwagoneers after Dungy arrived.

  23. ColoradoBuc Says:

    Buc Neckid Says:
    May 13th, 2015 at 3:25 pm
    Old and new each year would be nice
    Williams and Alstott
    Wilder and Lynch
    Bell and Barber
    and so on

    Exactly! Until we run out of room – then we build a bigger stadium!

  24. Hawk Says:

    JoeJoes Fungi Nails Said:

    “Gruber is there”

    I know. I was just pointing out (obviously, not very well) that it won’t necessarily be a flashy name (like yours) every time. :^)

  25. dabucs Says:

    Soooo my budget allows me to hit 4 games year..the opener, cowgirls, an giants are locked in, so do I go to doug or mike..decisions decisions. Any help fellow bucs fans

  26. ColoradoBuc Says:

    Stanglassman Says:
    May 13th, 2015 at 5:20 pm
    Add me to the Wilder list JoJoFugi and Love & WD!

    Alstott deserves it too but JW should be 1st. Alstott make a bunch of pro bowls but only as a FB Wilder made ALL Pro and Pro bowls as a RB.

    Wilder 7 years 6K rushing 38 TD

    Alstott 11 years 5K rushing 58 TD

    Where do you come off denigrating making the Pro Bowl “only as a FB?” Also, the Bucs press release showed Alstott “racking up 7,372 combined rushing-receiving yards and 71 touchdowns,” which is a better indication of offensive contributions. Finally, he was the hero to many of us who had put up with the losing and started enjoying the winning – in that way, he represents the positive aspects of this franchise, which helps to explain why he was loved by so many of the Bucs fans.

  27. Wesley Says:

    How is our franchise leading rusher (5957yds) James Wilder, not already in the ROH, or even mentioned as a candidate?

  28. Ray Rice Says:

    Yes! Yes! “In deeee face.” A-Train! A-Train! A-Train!

  29. BuccaneEric Says:

    Congrats Alstott!!!! And yes to Wilder!!!!!

  30. Greg Says:

    Hey, I called it yesterday that I overheard a Bucs employee at the draft that the Bucs were putting two people in the Ring of Honor this year, but I figured it would be a player and Malcolm Glazer.

  31. Phillip Says:

    Alstott was a dick when I met him.. John Lynch on the other hand was probably the nicest football player I have met.. Yes I have met quite a few.