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.)

29 responses to “Scott Fujita likes his former "fat punk kicker" now

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

  3. 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.

  4. # 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.
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    Rosenthal is probably referring to the fact that Hartley hit more 40 yd+ field goals than anyone else previously in a super bowl.

  5. 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.

  6. “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.”
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    Agreed 100%. And the defense for not getting the stops.

  7. 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

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

  9. 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.

  10. “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!!!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Mrsteve says:
    August 23, 2010 6:59 PM
    The refs won that game Gregg
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    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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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