While Tampa Bay Buccaneers running backs worked out on the practice field Thursday, trying to impress a new coaching staff, a familiar figure stood under a tent past the end zone, watching intently.
Mike Alstott, who earned six Pro Bowl berths as a Bucs fullback before retiring in 2008, led a group of football players from Northside Christian who attended practice at training camp.
Alstott is the new head football coach at the St. Petersburg school.
"I still relate what we did here in Tampa to our players at Northside Christian,'' said Alstott, who holds the Bucs record for most touchdowns (71) in a career.
"We talk about how things are supposed to be done. Chemistry, unity, being committed, being accountable to one another, our 2002 championship team had all those qualities and they still apply.''
Alstott will be part of a celebration at Raymond James Stadium on Dec. 9, when the Bucs honor the '02 club that went 12-4 in the regular season before beating the 49ers, Eagles and Raiders to win the franchise's only Super Bowl title.
"All those slogans you hear about, we lived it,'' Alstott said. "Our slogan at Northside Christian is 'The Difference.' Who's going to be the difference, and how are you going to be the difference?''