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Scott Fujita likes his former "fat punk kicker" now

In the annual GQ “NFL Kickoff” — yeah we didn’t know such a thing existed — Browns linebacker Scott Fujita was asked what players say to kickers after they misses a big field goal.

“It depends who your kicker is,” said Fujita. “When I was in Kansas City
with Morten Andersen, you didn’t say a word.  His track record spoke
for itself.”

The Saints didn’t have a Morten Andersen last year. They had Garrett Hartley, who still faced many doubts after an early season suspension.

“Last December when I was with New Orleans, our
fat punk kicker, Garrett Hartley, missed a game-winner and we lost for
the second week in a row – that was one of the times you want to grab a
guy and tell him to [bug ] off,” Fujita said.  “But Hartley was young, and I didn’t
want to mess him up for good, so I just bit my lip and said, ‘Hey, man,
don’t worry about it — it was a team loss,’ which of course was a total
lie.”

Awesome. “Fat punk kicker” now must enter the derogatory kicker lexicon alongside “idiot kicker who got liquored up.” 

(Hartley getting called out isn’t a shocker. In my week down at the Super Bowl, Hartley easily led the Saints in ego:status ratio.)

Fujita followed up his story by saying he was happy he didn’t say anything to Hartley, who wound up becoming a hero in the NFC Championship and putting together perhaps the best Super Bowl kicking performance of all time. 

Not bad for a fat punk kicker.

(Hat tip to Waiting for Next Year for catching this story.)

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29 Responses to “Scott Fujita likes his former "fat punk kicker" now”
  1. BradyGazelle says: Aug 23, 2010 5:43 PM

    Don’t tell me your reference to “best Super Bowl kicking performance of all time” is forgetting the onside kick was by Thomas Morestead the punter.

  2. minnesconsin_ad says: Aug 23, 2010 5:45 PM

    hartley is fat?

  3. TheWizard says: Aug 23, 2010 6:00 PM

    Blaming the kicker for a miss is a convenient way to let the whole offense off the hook for not punching it in.

  4. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Aug 23, 2010 6:07 PM

    Oh I get it…this is the only way the Browns can get some attention.
    Carry on.

  5. Dixon29 says: Aug 23, 2010 6:09 PM

    Browns linebacker Scott Fujita was asked what players say to kickers after they misses a big field goal.
    After they misses?
    I would proofread all the posts on this site for $75,000 a year. There would never be a mistake ever.

  6. Ilovefoolsball says: Aug 23, 2010 6:12 PM

    # BradyGazelle says: August 23, 2010 5:43 PM
    Don’t tell me your reference to “best Super Bowl kicking performance of all time” is forgetting the onside kick was by Thomas Morestead the punter.
    _________________________
    Rosenthal is probably referring to the fact that Hartley hit more 40 yd+ field goals than anyone else previously in a super bowl.

  7. laxprep says: Aug 23, 2010 6:15 PM

    Wow. Talking about biting the hand that feeds you. Hartley’s performance got the Saints that Super Bowl, which in turn got Fujita his big deal in Cleveland.
    Besides, couldn’t GQ think of someone more relevant to interview? We’ll never hear from Fujita again.
    I guess that’s karma- he’ll be freezing his nuts off while the Saints (and Hartley) chase down another ring.

  8. jrhsd says: Aug 23, 2010 6:20 PM

    Cotton Hill says who cares what this below average half-Tojo LB thinks?

  9. granadafan says: Aug 23, 2010 6:29 PM

    “TheWizard says:
    August 23, 2010 6:00 PM
    Blaming the kicker for a miss is a convenient way to let the whole offense off the hook for not punching it in.”
    ——————————————————————-
    Agreed 100%. And the defense for not getting the stops.

  10. dcryan82 says: Aug 23, 2010 6:31 PM

    The Wizard must have been a kicker in high school.

  11. johnsmith says: Aug 23, 2010 6:35 PM

    He was referring to his three 40+ yard field goals.

  12. downwithdansnyder says: Aug 23, 2010 6:38 PM

    I don’t think I’d throw a guy under the bus that delivered when it mattered most. We all screw up. I”m sure Fujita has allowed a TD or two in his day. I wish the skins had him as our kicker…but then again he couldn’t really have done well in the NFC title game or super bowl…because you know…the Skins were at home watching it on tv

  13. joelvis72 says: Aug 23, 2010 6:38 PM

    It’s not bragging (or ego) if you can back it up.
    And he is NOT that big and fat of a dude.

  14. wryly1 says: Aug 23, 2010 6:38 PM

    Fujita’s current kicker, Phil Dawson, may be HOF caliber. What’s a mediocre, journeyman LB going to say to him?

  15. Who Dat Your Face says: Aug 23, 2010 6:47 PM

    BradyGazelle says:
    August 23, 2010 5:43 PM
    Don’t tell me your reference to “best Super Bowl kicking performance of all time” is forgetting the onside kick was by Thomas Morestead the punter.
    ==================================
    He is refering to the fact that Hartley is the only kicker in Super Bowl history to make 3 40+ yard feild goals.

  16. whodat?? says: Aug 23, 2010 6:51 PM

    “best superbowl kicking performance of all time” is referring to going 3/3 with all of them being 40+ yarders. best by a kicker in any superbowl. bring on the BiQueens! WHODAT!!!

  17. Saints#12 says: Aug 23, 2010 6:53 PM

    Scott didnt say anything,becuz he knows he’s a missed tackle waiting to happen..just saying

  18. Mrsteve says: Aug 23, 2010 6:59 PM

    The refs won that game Gregg

  19. xStaticOnRadio says: Aug 23, 2010 7:03 PM

    It is never a kickers fault when a team loses a game. It should never, ever come down to a 3 point field goal. And I’m a Bills fan.

  20. Quentin673 says: Aug 23, 2010 7:04 PM

    ha agreed there wizard. also leaving out the fact that his defense gave up 439 total yards to the friggin bucs is pretty convenient as well.

  21. ThePlainTruth says: Aug 23, 2010 7:20 PM

    If I remember correctly, Hartley set a Super Bowl record with 3 over 40+ yards in the game.
    He also beat the Vikings with a long kick that caused the NFL to change O/T rules because Baby Favre didn’t get the ball back.

  22. PAYDAMAN says: Aug 23, 2010 7:41 PM

    I will proofread all of the spelling, punctual, and grammatical errors on this site for $20,000/year. No need to offer me any benefits either.

  23. T-Money says: Aug 23, 2010 7:51 PM

    Maybe if the defense had of made a few more stops the game wouldn’t have come down to a field goal. Interesting comment coming from a guy who’s never been able to stay on steady with one team.

  24. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Aug 23, 2010 7:59 PM

    Mrsteve says:
    August 23, 2010 6:59 PM
    The refs won that game Gregg
    ————————————————–
    The refs won that Super Bowl? You’re an idiot. But…if they did win it, that would give them more Super Bowl wins than the Viqueens.

  25. bergthe1st says: Aug 23, 2010 8:39 PM

    No way can Fujita really believe Hartley lost that Bucs game. That defense (Fujita included) couldn’t get Josh Freeman (insert eyeroll here)off the damn field on 3rd down. Wasn’t it still tied after Hartley’s miss? Fujita and co. still had to let Freeman march down the field (again!) to get the game winner. Have a nice career Fujita! This defense won’t miss a beat with you in Cleveland.
    Off-topic: Other than a 58yd attempt at the end of a 1st half in his 1st game back, that was the only miss of Hartley’s career.

  26. robert ethen says: Aug 24, 2010 1:32 AM

    Yeah, but is he willing to say “fat punk kicker” 10 times really fast?

  27. fatediesel says: Aug 24, 2010 11:40 AM

    Sorry, but I’m not going to rate Hartley’s Super Bowl performance over Adam Vinatieri’s in Super Bowl 36. Vinatieri may have only been 2-2 but he had to make the most clutch kick in NFL history, a 48 yarder with the game tied on the final play of the game. Hartley’s performance was good but he didn’t have to make any clutch kicks as all his field goals were in the first 3 quarters.

  28. clintcooper says: Aug 24, 2010 11:47 PM

    All of the kicks Hartley made in the Super Bowl were desperately needed and totally clutch. And all were over 40 yards. That was easily the best ever Super Bowl performance by a kicker.

  29. FireJerryJones says: Sep 10, 2010 9:45 AM

    Can’t wait to see Fujita’s steroid test.
    Seems like he’s an angry guy…

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