Of the many allegations thrown in the direction of Browns linebacker Scott Fujita by Sean Pamphilon on Friday, the one about Fujita talking about retiring during the 2011 season generated some of the least buzz.
That’s understandable, given the nature of the rest of Pamphilon’s screed, but it was worth finding out what Fujita was thinking on that front. In an email to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Fujita reaffirmed his commitment to the Browns while saying that he wouldn’t let anything bounty-related get in the way of his preparation for the season.
“While there have certainly been some unexpected challenges this off-season, which are beyond my control right now, I can’t let that distract me from getting myself as prepared as possible to play this season,” said Fujita. “Obviously I’m a lot closer to the end of my career than I am to the beginning, so the time to win is now. I love my teammates & defensive coaches, I’m excited about our new additions, and I’m looking forward to seeing this team improve. I want to win, and I want to help this team win.”
Fujita is facing a three-game suspension this season, although there are still various appeals and grievances standing in the way of that becoming totally official. With all of that going on, it’s not surprising that Fujita is looking forward to getting back on the field.