Cal Rugby’s Demotion

Super Bowl Champion Scott Fujita on Cal Rugby’s demotion and Jack Clark

Scott Fujita one of Cal’s most beloved football players checked in with Save Cal Rugby to offer a few thoughts. The former Cal walk-on, turned star linebacker and team leader was selected Academic All-Pac-10 in 2001.

The adopted son of a Japanese-American father and Caucasian mother, Scott grew up in a traditional Japanese household and considers himself to be culturally half-Japanese.

The nine year NFL pro was first drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs 2002-2004, played for the Dallas Cowboys in 2005, before joining the New Orleans Saints in 2006 along with quarterback Drew Brees and incoming coach Sean Payton. Fujita was selected the defensive captain for the Saints and went on to win Super Bowl XLIV for the 2009 season. Known for big plays, which he celebrated with his trademark Yin-Yang symbol, a Japanese fight-style pose. Off the field Scott is more known for his generosity. After collecting his Super Bowl check he gave half of it to charity, dividing the donation between Haiti relief and coastal restoration in New Orleans. In 2009 Scott was chosen Saints “Man of the Year” for his various charitable activities.

As an unrestricted free agent Fujita inked a 3 year $14 million dollar contract with the Cleveland Browns in 2010.

Here’s what he had to say about Cal Rugby’s demotion.

“Like a lot of people, I was shocked to read about the fate of Cal Rugby. Those of us who went to school at Berkeley, and especially those of us who were student-athletes, recognize how important and impressive this program was. Rugby at Cal was synonymous with greatness….year after year after year. How many programs can say that? While most of us who played football didn’t get to know Coach Clark well, we all respected the hell out of him. To be honest, there was a time when we all hoped there might be some truth to the rumors that he would coach our football team. His ability to lead was unparalleled. To me, a coach’s job is to teach, motivate, and inspire. And to my friends who had the privilege of spending time with him, the Jacob Waasdorp’s and Shaun Paga’s of the Berkeley world, Coach Clark did exactly that. In the meantime, we’d hear about head coaches of other “revenue” programs throwing their assistants under the bus. I know which type of coach I’d rather play for.

Maybe I’m just naive and maybe spending most of the last 9 years half-way across the country has put me out of touch. But can’t we get past all the political bull-shit and recognize what a travesty this is? The university needs to step up and do the right thing here.

And really, is there any other sport on campus that has forced a Stanford squad into pre-competition submission, failing to even show up at Witter field on the day of a match?”

Save Cal Rugby can sum up Scott Fujita in one word…STUD!

Article posted at by Rich Pearson

Filed in: Press Room • Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

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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