Purdue announces Boilermakers legend as Week 1 honorary captain
Purdue is bringing back a Boilermaker legend to be the team’s honorary captain. Mike Alstott will serve in the role as Purdue kicks off the Ryan Walters era against Fresno State on Saturday.
Alstott spent 4 years in West Lafayette. A team MVP in 3 consecutive seasons, Alstott is Purdue’s all-time leading rusher with 3,635 yards over 4 seasons. Alstott also holds the single-season mark for rushing yards, logging 1,436 in 1995. Alstott rushed for 39 touchdowns in his college career (12 touchdowns as a sophomore, 14 as a junior, and 11 as a senior), which stood as the school record until Kory Sheets’ 2008 season.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Alstott with the No. 35 pick in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft. Alstott had a decorated pro career, spending all 12 seasons in Tampa Bay.
Alstott was named first-team All-Pro 3 times (1997-99) and selected to the Pro Bowl in 6 seasons (1997-2002). A Super Bowl champion, the Bucs inducted Alstott into their Ring of Honor in 2015. Alstott is also a member of the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame and the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.
Saturday’s game is set for noon, airing on the Big Ten Network.
Mike Alstott will be the honorary captain for Purdue’s opener vs. Fresno State. pic.twitter.com/WYnwxyUf7D
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