Scott Fujita reaches new heights with retirement
The longtime NFL veteran called it a career on Monday, signing a one-day contract so that he can retire as a member on the New Orleans Saints. However, it was the way he did it that deserves props. The linebacker signed his deal from the famed Machu Picchu ruins in Peru. Saints Senior VP of Communications Greg Bensel tweeted out a photo:
Saints thrilled to have Scott Fujita sign his contract from Manchu Picchu this morning and retire a Saints twitter.com/GregBensel/sta… — Greg Bensel (@GregBensel) April 22, 2013
"This morning I woke up and hiked to the top of Machu Picchu and watched the sun rise and contemplated everything. This really is the end of one journey and the start of another," Fujita said in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Fujita spent the last three season in Kansas City and Cleveland, but he has a special connection to New Orleans, where he was the first free agent to sign with the team following Hurricane Katrina. He became a team leader and was a part of the Saints team that beat Peyton Manning and the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. "My family was embraced from the first day we arrived in town. "People talk about southern hospitality all the time but it's real," Fujita told the New Orleans Times Picayune. "The fans in New Orleans are great. From the first day we got there, they would tell us, 'Thank you for being here. Thank you for giving everything you had.'