Mike Evans Breaks Mike Alstott’s Touchdown Record

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a new touchdown king, though they won’t have to change the first name on the trophy.

On Monday night at Raymond James Stadium, wide receiver Mike Evans broke Mike Alstott’s franchise record for total touchdowns scored, finding the end zone for the 72nd time in his career, one more than Alstott’s long-standing record of 71.

It is one of the most significant team records to fall in decades, and it was a long time coming. Alstott’s record stood for almost exactly two decades. He first became the Bucs’ leading touchdown producer on November 26, 2001 when his second score in a 24-7 win over the St. Louis Rams – an eight-yard run – gave him 47 in his career. That was one more than the previous record of 46 set by running back James Wilder from 1981-89.

Evans broke the record on Sunday with a 5-yard catch on a pass thrown by Tom Brady. He had tied the record on a 40-yard score at Washington in Week 10. Evans now has a team-leading 10 touchdowns on the season, marking the fourth time in eight NFL seasons he has reached double digits in that category.

Alstott got to his final total of 71 touchdowns with 58 on the ground and 13 through the air. All but one of Evans’ 72 were touchdown catches, but he also scored once on a recovery of a teammate’s fumble in…

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