Podcast: Inside football locker rooms

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Podcast: Inside football locker rooms

Updated Nov 19, 2013 12:57 PM ET
Fujita, Wire and Ayanbadejo have all had experiences with hazing and bullying.

Fujita, Wire and Ayanbadejo have all had experiences with hazing and bullying.

Scott Fujita, Coy Wire and Brendon Ayanbadejo all enjoyed long football careers that had plenty of highlights. However, there were also lowlights, memories that have been ignited by the Jonathan Martin controversy in Miami.

Fujita, a Cal grad, Wire, a Stanford grad, and Ayanbadejo, a UCLA grad with a master’s from George Washington, sat down and attempted to pull back the curtain from the often misunderstood world of the locker room. There was no sugarcoating or hiding the sorts of hazing, bullying and ribbing that went on at all levels: high school, college, pro.

Memories, sometimes brutal, are shared. Fujita discusses behavior early in his playing career that he looks back on with deep regret. Brendon talks of the surprising and harsh language that often came from team officials. Coy recalls an NFL system that took a toll on a young teammate.

The discussion touches on controversial and touchy subjects: language, homophobia, racism, and the challenge of maintaining mental health in a league where any perceived weakness might end a career.

The trio offers an honest look into a world that often exists in secret, and provides tremendous insight into what’s working in the NFL locker room, what’s not, and what must be done to make things better.

Head over to the NFL on FOX Podcast channel on iTunes and click on “The NFL Roundtable” at the top or visit this site: http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/podcast-brendon-ayanbadejo-coy-wire-scott-fujita-pulling-back-curtain-on-football-locker-rooms-111813.

This podcast contains explicit language that fits within the context of the discussion.

Filed in: Press Room • Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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Scott Fujita

Scott Fujita was born in Ventura, California on April 28, 1979. He was a three-sport standout at Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard, CA before heading to the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with Honors in Political Science and earned a Masters degree in Education.

Fujita has played in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns. Read more