NEW ORLEANS – From the mountaintops of Peru, Scott Fujita has retired from the NFL.
The Super Bowl-winning linebacker later enmeshed in the Saints bounty scandal signed a one-day contract with New Orleans and retired Monday. The Saints provided the document and Fujita signed it while on a trip with former teammate Steve Gleason, who is battling ALS.
“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.
The 33-year-old Fujita finished his career with the Cleveland Browns, but was implicated, and even suspended for one game by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, for his role in what the league called a performance pool designed to knock targeted opponents out of games from 2009 to 2011.
Fujita later was essentially absolved of blame by former commissioner Paul Tagliabue.