Dennis and Jeanne Alstott, the parents of Tampa Bay rookie fullback Mike Alstott, have traveled to every single sporting event their son has played in for the last 16 years. They started out making round-trips of four or five miles from their home in Joliet, Ill., for peewee sports. At each new level of competition the distance has increased. Thirty miles per game in high school begat seasons totaling 3,000 miles while Mike was at Purdue. This year the Alstotts are on their way to topping 30,000 miles.
Their shortest trip this season was a 55-mile drive to the Bucs' game at Chicago's Soldier Field. Their longest was a 3,580-mile trek to San Diego and back to watch Mike collect 92 all-purpose yards and score a TD. "We love watching Mike play. It's our whole life," says Jeanne. "We don't think about the miles. We just go."
Since 1980 Dennis, who's a supervisor at an environmental company, and Jeanne, who works at a local Jewel Food grocery, have racked up about 75,000 miles. They save money by booking flights months in advance, but they may face a costly trip soon. Mike leads the Bucs with 55 receptions, so a Pro Bowl trip to Hawaii isn't out of the question.