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Fujita retires as a Saint

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Linebacker Scott Fujita, an 11-year NFL veteran who has played for the Chiefs, Cowboys, Saints, and Browns, will retire from the NFL as a member of the team with which he won a Super Bowl championship.

Fujita has signed a one-day contract with the Saints.  The contract, we’re told, was signed by Fujita in Machu Picchu, Peru.  Fujita is there with his close friend and former teammate Steve Gleason, helping carry Gleason (who suffers from ALS) through the terrain.

For more details on the trip, check out TeamGleasonExperiment.org.

Injuries limited Fujita to only four games in 2012.  The Browns placed him on injured reserve in October.

Fujita otherwise spent most of the year fighting a suspension imposed by the league office for involvement in the Saints’ alleged bounty scandal.  Fujita’s initial suspension was reduced by Commissioner Roger Goodell.  More importantly, former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, serving as Goodell’s designee for the internal appeal of the suspension, fully exonerated Fujita.

That’s a fact that’s often overlooked when people reflect on the bounty scandal.  While all suspensions were overturned, Fujita was fully and completely exonerated.

Fujita definitely made an impact as a player.  We have a feeling he’ll make an even bigger impact in whatever he does now that his playing days have ended.

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39 Responses to “Fujita retires as a Saint”
  1. MichaelWrites says: Apr 22, 2013 12:58 PM

    Or as Joe Theismann would say, “Fajita retires as a Saint.”

  2. joetoronto says: Apr 22, 2013 1:05 PM

    No one retires as a Chief.

  3. mrlaloosh says: Apr 22, 2013 1:08 PM

    One of my all-time favorite Saints. Good player and a great person. WHO DAT #55!

  4. chemebiker says: Apr 22, 2013 1:16 PM

    Scott Fujita, c’mon man! Why aren’t you spending more time covering Darrelle Revis?

  5. Fist of the Raven says: Apr 22, 2013 1:16 PM

    Kudos to a good player. Sad to see his career end like that but that’s the NFL.

  6. greenehof says: Apr 22, 2013 1:19 PM

    One of the dirtiest players ever to put on a uniform. Tried to shred Steve Smith’s knees. Glad he’s out of the League.

  7. sb44champs says: Apr 22, 2013 1:31 PM

    greenehof says:
    Apr 22, 2013 1:19 PM
    One of the dirtiest players ever to put on a uniform. Tried to shred Steve Smith’s knees. Glad he’s out of the League.
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    No proof that he intentionally tried to do anything to Cry Baby Steve Smith…. As of this moment, Fujita is helping to carry ALS victim Steve Gleason through some crazy tough terrain in Peru but he has people like you that can never see the truth to the matter and have to resort to lies to keep his name smeared..

  8. greenehof says: Apr 22, 2013 1:39 PM

    “No proof that he intentionally tried to do anything to Cry Baby Steve Smith”
    Please do a youtube search for: scott fujita dirty cheap shot, thanks.

  9. cursindaily says: Apr 22, 2013 1:41 PM

    Always liked this guy.

  10. musicman495 says: Apr 22, 2013 1:48 PM

    One the highlights of the Saints Super Bowl win was Fujita’s good natured “trash talking” of Peyton Manning captured on a mic by NFL Films. Has anyone ever trash talked in a Super Bowl in a funny and more harmless way than “Hey Peyton, I bet I can eat Oreo’s faster than you.” or “Hey Peyton, why don’t you throw us a few?” just before he did. Well done, Scott.

  11. leggett17 says: Apr 22, 2013 1:55 PM

    Good riddance.

  12. asimonetti88 says: Apr 22, 2013 1:58 PM

    Dirty player involved in the bounty program. Good for him that he’s working with Steve Gleason though.

  13. blue18hutthutt says: Apr 22, 2013 1:59 PM

    musicman495 says:
    Apr 22, 2013 1:48 PM
    One the highlights of the Saints Super Bowl win was Fujita’s good natured “trash talking” of Peyton Manning captured on a mic by NFL Films. Has anyone ever trash talked in a Super Bowl in a funny and more harmless way than “Hey Peyton, I bet I can eat Oreo’s faster than you.” or “Hey Peyton, why don’t you throw us a few?” just before he did. Well done, Scott.

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    That is pretty hilarious – and like you said, harmless / good natured

  14. whatjusthapped says: Apr 22, 2013 2:01 PM

    Just curious, how much bounty money did he collect over and above his base salary? Enough to retire on?

  15. randallflagg52 says: Apr 22, 2013 2:03 PM

    greenehof says:
    Apr 22, 2013 1:19 PM
    One of the dirtiest players ever to put on a uniform. Tried to shred Steve Smith’s knees. Glad he’s out of the League.

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    Is this the same Steve Smith who sucker punched Ken Lucas (his own teammate) while Lucas was one one knee resting?

  16. chc4 says: Apr 22, 2013 2:03 PM

    Atlanta, Carolina and Tampa are sad to see this news.

  17. cometkazie says: Apr 22, 2013 2:16 PM

    All the best, Scott.

  18. leatherhelmets says: Apr 22, 2013 2:27 PM

    Such a cool name! Scott Fujita!

    Dirty player though. Steve Smith shoulda kicked his arse. To the broadcast booth Scott!

  19. wyntyrmute says: Apr 22, 2013 2:37 PM

    greenehof says:Apr 22, 2013 1:39 PM

    “No proof that he intentionally tried to do anything to Cry Baby Steve Smith”
    Please do a youtube search for: scott fujita dirty cheap shot, thanks.

    =================================

    If that’s the best you’ve got I don’t see how you can call him one of the dirtiest players ever. That one was pretty iffy at best.

  20. pmars64 says: Apr 22, 2013 2:43 PM

    If Fujita went after Steve Smith, I doubt few of Smith’s teammates were crying any tears about it. Let’s remember it was Smith who bludgeoned his own teammate, causing other Panther players to go to the coaches and say “if you don’t do something about him, we will…” And they promised it wouldn’t be pretty.

    As a Saints fan, I love Smith. He’s great for the rivalry. He and the Saints have been trading cheap shots for years. Too bad he won’t get that ring on his finger.

  21. dirtybirds233 says: Apr 22, 2013 3:17 PM

    Great player. Averaged 2.5 sacks a year and 5 tackles a game. First ballot HOF for sure.

  22. hor2012 says: Apr 22, 2013 3:30 PM

    One of the most memorable moments of the Superbowl year was the parade. A news reporter found Scott in the crowd. Standing next to him was a inner city youth. The reporter asked Scott Fujita why wasn’t he on one of the floats. He said that he wanted to share the moment with the kids. That’s the type of man he is. And, concerning Steve Smith, it’s not exactly like he’s a poster boy for good conduct his damn self.

  23. thedinnerhour says: Apr 22, 2013 3:30 PM

    asimonetti: “Former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, serving as Goodell’s designee for the internal appeal of the suspension, fully exonerated Fujita.

    That’s a fact that’s often overlooked when people reflect on the bounty scandal. While all suspensions were overturned, Fujita was fully and completely exonerated.”

    greenehof: Because YouTube is such a thorough source of indisputable evidence that he is the “dirtiest player ever.” Puh-leeze. Further review of the tapes and post-game analysis and coverage show a widespread belief that Fujita caught his foot on the turf. But haters gotta hate…

  24. franktherat96 says: Apr 22, 2013 3:44 PM

    dirtybirds233 says:
    Apr 22, 2013 3:17 PM
    Great player. Averaged 2.5 sacks a year and 5 tackles a game. First ballot HOF for sure.

    _____________________

    Atlanta Falcons….Great Team. Averaged 0 Super Bowl victories and many epic playoff failures. If Teams were placed in the HOF, the Falcons would be first ballot all the way.

  25. leonbryte says: Apr 22, 2013 4:04 PM

    Thank god that’s settled… I was fighting through sleepless nights wondering who he would retire as. Hopefully there’s a ton of fanfare and parades to accompany this historic moment.

  26. saints4life57 says: Apr 22, 2013 4:13 PM

    People really need to lay off the dude! I sick of hearing about the BOUNTY crap! “While all suspensions were overturned, Fujita was fully and completely exonerated.” So when we talk about a tainted career I hope that statement is involved! Have a great life Scott! Thanks for helping the most awesome team in football win their 1st SB!

  27. whitdog23 says: Apr 22, 2013 4:39 PM

    why does it matter what team you retire from? are the players that stupid to think it makes a difference?

  28. wiguy25 says: Apr 22, 2013 4:41 PM

    Cheater

  29. musicman495 says: Apr 22, 2013 5:21 PM

    Apparently, not everyone here understands the term, “fully exonerated.”

  30. vikes4real says: Apr 22, 2013 5:54 PM

    Good another cheating slim ball quits!! he sucked anyway..

    143 games played
    23 sacks
    7 picks
    0 seasons having 100 solo tackles.
    a liability against pass and run.
    averaged 4 tackles a game for his career = HE SUCKS!!

    Aints this is how you will be remembered forever

    2009 SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS ***

    Nothing left to say cheating nation

  31. mazblast says: Apr 22, 2013 5:57 PM

    “Fujita a Saint again? That’s IT, I’m suspending Payton and Loomis, and this time Benson, plus I’m denying league approval of Fujita’s contract!”–The Great Roger Goodell Himself Live And In Person

  32. vikes4real says: Apr 22, 2013 6:02 PM

    Cheating nation think about this… Funny how Steve G. was an honest man and came clean of you cheaters, and now Scott is kicking it with him after all the well deserved grief he caused faijta and you cheaters. You know what they say its not cheating until your caught?? CHEATERS!! WHO DAT NATION!! YOU A CHEATING NATION!!

    2009 superbowl champions***

  33. officialgame says: Apr 22, 2013 6:38 PM

    You say. Fujita, I say Fajita, you say potato, I say potata.
    Oh well, draft will be here soon.

  34. realskipbayless says: Apr 22, 2013 9:12 PM

    “No proof that he intentionally tried to do anything to Cry Baby Steve Smith”
    Please do a youtube search for: scott fujita dirty cheap shot, thanks.

    Looked it up and it does look like Scott was losing his footing and accidently took him out. Even the announcers said it looked like he was losing his footing. So yeah go cry about something else.

  35. kevingreene160sacknoHOFclub says: Apr 22, 2013 9:17 PM

    He must have been good in interview, cuz he was painfully average on the field. To his credit broski was a sure tackler–if he got there.

  36. vikes4real says: Apr 22, 2013 10:03 PM

    It was awesome watching the Aints fall apart last season after dealing with the mess they created!! You make your bed you lay in it loser/cheating nation!!!

    Everytime you look at that ring and trophy, just remember you never would of won if you didnt cheat. hurt your foes and let all your loser nation fans down, What a classless organization the aints are. You aint trying if you aint cheating right cheating nation? You couldnt cheat last year and look at the season you crumbs had!! ha ha ha!! I loved watching every moment

  37. sb44champs says: Apr 23, 2013 8:18 AM

    vikes4real says:
    Apr 22, 2013 10:03 PM
    It was awesome watching the Aints fall apart last season after dealing with the mess they created!! You make your bed you lay in it loser/cheating nation!!!

    Everytime you look at that ring and trophy, just remember you never would of won if you didnt cheat. hurt your foes and let all your loser nation fans down, What a classless organization the aints are. You aint trying if you aint cheating right cheating nation? You couldnt cheat last year and look at the season you crumbs had!! ha ha ha!! I loved watching every moment
    ==========================
    And the entire Who Dat Nation LOVED watching Tracy Porter’s pick of Brett Favre to take us to SB44 for the win over Peyton Manning… Loved it

  38. vegasvinnie says: Apr 23, 2013 9:03 AM

    vikes4real says:
    Apr 22, 2013 10:03 PM
    It was awesome watching the Aints fall apart last season after dealing with the mess they created!! You make your bed you lay in it loser/cheating nation!!!

    Everytime you look at that ring and trophy, just remember you never would of won if you didnt cheat. hurt your foes and let all your loser nation fans down, What a classless organization the aints are. You aint trying if you aint cheating right cheating nation? You couldnt cheat last year and look at the season you crumbs had!! ha ha ha!! I loved watching every moment
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    You’re still hurting over a game that took place more than 3 years ago. OK, we get it. I hate to break this to you but everyone (Including Fajita) still have their rings and their championship. You still have your bitterness. I’d rather be us. At least the Superdome roof didn’t collapse and Saints fans won’t be getting fleeced for a new stadium. One that replaces a stadium that’s not even as old as the Superdome is.

    Scott, thanks for your many contributions to the Saints and the community of New Orleans. All the best to you and your family.

  39. joetrollontosdaddywasthechiefsoline says: Apr 23, 2013 8:20 PM

    Little Joey’s mad because his team sucks.

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