Scott Fujita, ‘Bounty Hunter’, Or Good Guy?
What will be Scott Fujita’s legacy? “Bounty Hunter”, or Good guy?
Scott Fujita was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He was traded to the Cowboys prior to the 2005 season, Sean Payton’s final campaign as offensive coordinator with the Dallas franchise.
When the Saints hired Payton as head coach, Fujita was the first player he signed. He was made a captain of the Saints defense in 2007, and made several crucial plays on the road to the black and gold’s Super Bowl XLIV championship. Fujita was named the Saints’ “Man Of The Year” in 2009. He has actively supported multiple humanitarian causes throughout his career.
Fujita was a free agent after the 2009 season and signed with the Cleveland Browns. In early 2012, Fujita was implicated in the now infamous, and controversial “Bountygate” scandal that resulted in his suspension, along with those of other current and former Saints players and coaches. A summer of appeals, and courtroom battles ensued. Fujita’s suspension was ultimately vacated along with those of the other players.
He’s been plagued by injuries the past couple of seasons and reached the decision to retire at age 33.
When Saints’ General Manager Mickey Loomis learned of Fujita’s decision, he reached out to ask him to retire as a New Orleans Saint. He and former teammate Steve Gleason were embarking on a trip to Peru. The Saints sent him a one day contract, which he signed while overlooking the Ruins of Machu Pichu, in the Andes Mountains.
“Bounty hunter”, or Good Guy? You’ll form your own opinion. I’m not shy about sharing mine. He gets a “Thumbs up” from me.