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Fujita retires a Saint

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Posted: 4/22/2013 7:18 PM

Fujita retires a Saint 


Scott Fujita retires as a Saint

Updated: April 22, 2013, 3:57 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Linebacker Scott Fujita signed a one-day contract with the New Orleans Saints on Monday and then announced his retirement after 11 seasons in the NFL.

Fujita signed his contract in Machu Picchu, which is located in the Andes Mountains in Peru. He's there with former Saints teammate Steve Gleason, who is battling Lou Gehrig's Disease.

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New Orleans Saints Scott Fujita signed his one-day contract to retire as a Saint from Machu Picchu, which is located in the Andes Mountains in Peru.

In a statement from the team, Fujita said he couldn't think of a better place to be to announce his retirement.

"What better place to reach the end of the road than here at 10,000 feet above sea level, in the Peruvian Andes overlooking Machu Picchu with my dear friend Steve Gleason?"

Fujita was one of four players suspended by the NFL in its investigation of the Saints' bounty program but fought to clear his name of the three-game ban. Commissioner Roger Goodell later reduced Fujita's suspension to one game before the suspensions of all players implicated were later vacated by former commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

The 33-year-old Fujita, who played for the Cleveland Browns the past three seasons, helped the Saints win a Super Bowl during his time with the team (2006-09).

Fujita was credited with four tackles in the Saints' 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. He also played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys.

He has 767 tackles, 23.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and seven interceptions in 143 career games.

"I've been fortunate to play in this league for a long time and for some great organizations, but there is no doubt that my times spent in New Orleans were some of the best years of my life," Fujita said in the statement.

"The way the team and the community embraced us when we first arrived, and the way they continue to do so, even today, shows how deep this connection is. I'm honored to be a part of this organization and so proud to retire as a New Orleans Saint."

General manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton pointed out in the team's statement that Fujita was the first player the team signed in free agency after Payton became the team's coach in 2006.

"It was an important acquisition for us, getting a player of his caliber to come to New Orleans despite the conditions [post-Hurricane Katrina] for a number of reasons because he saw an opportunity to become involved in the rebuilding of the city, yet quickly realized how important the team was to that effort," Loomis said.

Payton called Fujita "a cornerstone of the foundation that we've built and we won a World Championship together.

"It's been said that when you win a championship together, you walk together for the rest of your lives and that's certainly appropriate to celebrate on a day like today."

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Posted: 4/22/2013 8:08 PM

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I happy for him, and the Saints.
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Posted: 4/23/2013 9:35 AM

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YES!!!!!!!!!!!!
I KNEW it!
I even PRAYED for this!
I LOVE Scott Fujita! This makes my day!


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Posted: 4/23/2013 9:36 AM

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Bring him in! He will be around yeeeeepeeeeeehhhhhh anyway from now on! excited


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Posted: 4/23/2013 9:39 AM

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I knew this! I won't say nothin about the Browns now, BUT I once told their fans, too cool


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Posted: 4/23/2013 3:48 PM

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He always has been and always will be a cheap shot POS in my book.

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. "

Galileo
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Posted: 4/24/2013 2:42 AM

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Jackofalltrades1977 wrote: He always has been and always will be a cheap shot POS in my book.

what does your book say why this is so?


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Posted: 4/24/2013 11:49 AM

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He took a cheap dive at Smith's knees well after the whistle from his rear. When he got flagged he threw his arms up like he did nothing wrong.

No doubt in my mind he's guilty in the spygate crap, no matter how much he cries about it.

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. "

Galileo
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Posted: 4/24/2013 1:57 PM

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Jackofalltrades1977 wrote: He took a cheap dive at Smith's knees well after the whistle from his rear. When he got flagged he threw his arms up like he did nothing wrong.

No doubt in my mind he's guilty in the spygate crap, no matter how much he cries about it.

Had he grabbed and not let go of his knees I would agree with a cheap dive, but he didn't even touch him but had his hands on the ground? It looked like he was trying to stop him since our DB coudn't so he tried to get in Smiths way.
To me he's a fair and honest person who is all for player safety, but I respect your feelings of course and it is what it is.

You mean bounty? You know, I wasn't there. I don't know what was said exactly, and how people took it. So I've been in a situation where I haven't even been able to judge. So what could I possibly do.


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Posted: 4/24/2013 2:54 PM

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No, it was an obvious, blatent dive at a defenseless players knees. Oh, it just happened to be the opponent's star player...

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. "

Galileo
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Posted: 4/24/2013 3:39 PM

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Jackofalltrades1977 wrote: No, it was an obvious, blatent dive at a defenseless players knees. Oh, it just happened to be the opponent's star player...

JOAT, it doesn't matter to me if it's the opposing player or the own player, I don't want to see anyone get hurt. If he tried to hurt him on purpose it's not right and the fact that he's a Saint wouldn't make it right for me.
I just can't believe that he would have done something so unfair, because for me as a Saints fan who saw so many great interviews with him and who met him in person he was and still is like extended family.


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Posted: 4/24/2013 3:51 PM

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I understand and can appreciate that, but it was so far after the whistle that there's really no other reasonable explanation. Also, I don't think it's coincidence that he was one of the main guys named in the bountygate stuff.

Where there's smoke there's fire.

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. "

Galileo
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