NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 24: Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints runs past Scott Fujita of the Cleveland Browns at the Louisiana Superdome on October 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Former NFL linebacker Scott Fujita announced his retirement on Monday in a very unique manner. He did it while sitting on top of a mountain.
The 33-year-old spent four seasons of his career with the New Orleans Saints and won a Super Bowl with them in 2010. Despite the fact that he played for four teams throughout his 12-year career, Fujita felt the strongest connection with the Saints. Having most recently played with the Cleveland Browns, Fujita decided to sign a one-day contract with New Orleans on Monday to retire with the Saints. He did so at the top of a peak in Machu Picchu.
“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, via Eye on Football. “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. 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.”
Fujita was one of several Saints players suspended for the alleged bounty scandal that rocked the organization, but that apparently did not damage the pride he has in the team. He certainly wins the award for most creative retirement announcement.
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