TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Mike Alstott's long run with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be over.
Amid speculation that the six-time Pro Bowl selection is set to announce his retirement after 12 seasons, the team said the 34-year-old fullback will discuss his plans for the future during a Thursday news conference at the club's training facility.
Alstott spent the 2007 season on injured reserve with a neck problem that he said was not related to a career-threatening injury that required surgery in 2003. At the time, he stopped short of saying he would never play again.
``It is what it is. The facts are the facts. I can't put on the helmet and jersey this year,'' he said during an emotional news conference during training camp at Disney World.
``One thing is, you don't mess with the neck. There are always situations where it can be worsened by playing. It is a severe injury and it's a situation you don't mess with.''
A 248-pound fullback better known for his bruising running style rather than his blocking, Alstott is Tampa Bay's career touchdown leader with 71, including a franchise-best 58 on the ground.
He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl six consecutive seasons from 1997-2002, however his role in the offense diminished dramatically after coach Jon Gruden arrived in Tampa Bay six seasons ago.
In 12 seasons, he's rushed for 5,088 yards, second on the Bucs' all-time list. He also has 305 receptions for 2,284 yards and 13 TDs.

Recent NFL Discussions

Betting the 2017 NFL Draft on Tue, Apr 2017 by Blade
NFL Draft Preview on Tue, Apr 2017 by Blade
2017 Heisman Odds on Wed, Mar 2017 by Blade
College / NBA today on Sun, Mar 2017 by TtomBoBadly
SNOW on Tue, Mar 2017 by Michael Cash

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Alabama NFL Draft Odds The Alabama Crimson Tide could have a lot of players taken in the first round of the NFL Draft next week. How many...
Thumbnail Odds Theory & Fantasy: Perfect Combo In America alone over 110 million people settled down to watch February’s Super Bowl and were rewarded by a game which saw many twists and turns along the way. Of...
Thumbnail Romo moving to CBS After a lot of discussion about where Tony Romo will be next season, it appears that he will be behind a broadcast booth.
Thumbnail Patriots remain SB52 Favorites With NFL free agency slowing down dramatically over the past week, here's a look at the most recent Super Bowl 52 odds to win.
Thumbnail The Next Atlanta Falcons Despite suffering one of the greatest collapses in sports history at Super Bowl LI, the Atlanta Falcons still managed to overcome significant odds to reach the NFL’s...

NFL Team Pages