Football: Fujita delivers splashy NFL exit

Former Cal star Scott Fujita knows how to make an exit.

Fujita announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday after first signing a one-day contract with the New Orleans Saints, the team he helped win Super Bowl XLIV.

And he did the final paperwork from one of the world’s most spectacular settings. Check it out:

Scott Fujita signs his one-day contact with the Saints from Machu Picchu atop the Andes mountains. Photo courtesy of New Orleans Saints.
Fujita, 33, was in the Andes with former Saints teammate Steve Gleason, who is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

“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 said in a statement through the team.

Fujita, who played at Cal from 1998-2001, was one of four players suspended by the NFL in its investigation of the Saints’ bounty program. He fought to clear his name of the three-game ban and 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.

Fujita played for five teams during his 11-year NFL career, most recently three seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He wound up with 767 tackles, 23.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and seven interceptions in 143 career games.

Fujita was the first player the Saints signed in 2006 after Sean Payton became coach.

“It’s been said that when you win a championship together, you walk together for the rest of your lives,” Payton said in a statement, “and that’s certainly appropriate to celebrate on a day like today.”



Jeff Faraudo