FUJITA EXEMPLIFIES VERSATILITY AFTER NFL RETIREMENT

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FUJITA EXEMPLIFIES VERSATILITY AFTER NFL RETIREMENT

Los Angeles, CA (September 3, 2013) – Scott Fujita, Super Bowl Champion and current Vice President of the NFLPA Executive Committee, is utilizing his expertise and leadership from the football field and transitioning it to a versatile post-NFL career that includes the New York Times, Fox Sports, foxsports.com and WDSU’s “Saints on 6” Primetime. Scott’s unique career path in the NFL sets him apart from most others, as he has experienced nearly every football transaction imaginable, has garnered a wealth of experience in labor/management relations, has been falsely accused and disciplined but eventually fully exonerated in a very public battle with the NFL, and has been a passionate advocate for player health and safety.

After walking on to the CAL football team, Fujita went on to graduate from Berkeley in Political Science and Business, and received a Masters degree in Education. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2002 NFL Draft where he played 3 seasons. Fujita was later traded to the Dallas Cowboys and played one season before being signed with the New Orleans Saints as the first free agent acquisition following Hurricane Katrina. He spent four years in New Orleans before joining the Cleveland Browns in 2010 for 3 seasons.

During his football playing days, Scott served as a captain at CAL Berkeley, Kansas City, New Orleans and Cleveland. He also led both the Chiefs and Saints in tackles multiple years.

Fujita’s greatest accomplishments on the field came while he was in New Orleans; he was named the Saints’ “Man of the Year” in 2009 for his contributions on the field and in the community, won two NFC South Division championships, appeared in two NFC Championship games, and won Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts.

Completing 11 seasons in the NFL, he retired on April 22, 2013 atop Machu Picchu after signing a one day contract with the Saints.  Focusing on his transition from NFL linebacker to life beyond the field of play, Scott assembled a team to help with his post-NFL career goals. It was obvious that Fujita was most effective working in roles that brought people together and helped grow big ideas, so it comes to no surprise that he has joined forces with the likes of the New York Times and Fox Sports.

In August 2013, Fujita was added to the star-studded FOX FOOTBALL DAILY, the new, year round weekday football show carried by FOX Sports 1, America’s new sports network that launched on August 17, 2013. He provides commentary on current NFL news and issues on and off the field. In addition to this, he contributes to original programming in front of and behind the camera.

Along similar lines, because of his deep connection to the city of New Orleans, Fujita will be returning to Louisiana as part of WDSU’s “Saints on 6” primetime coverage team for the 2013 season. He provides insight and analysis and will appear periodically throughout the season.

In addition to his work on television, and due to his love of writing and his insatiable appetite for education and current events, Scott will be writing a weekly column for the New York Times and writing periodically for FoxSports.com. His first weekly column for the Times, posted yesterday, articulates his mixed emotions on the NFL Concussion Settlement. Fujita had previously written for the New York Times in a column explaining his views about acceptance and marriage equality rights shortly before the Supreme Court’s landmark decisions overturning DOMA and California’s Proposition 8.

Aside from his television work and writing, Scott remains active in a variety of charitable causes and current events (such as adoption and LGBT rights) and is on the Board of Directors of Team Gleason (www.teamgleason.org), which seeks to improve the lives of ALS patients. He has a passion for Gulf Coast restoration and wetlands preservation, along with raising awareness for breast cancer and kids with cancer. One of his current projects involves creating a Childhood Cancer Awareness Month campaign within the NFL.

From walking on to the CAL football team to his retirement announcement atop Peru’s Machu Picchu, Fujita has always taken the road less traveled and continues to strive for success.

For more information, please contact: Shantal Lamelas, Yee & Dubin Sports, LLC (213) 892-7420.

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Filed in: Press Room • Tuesday, September 3rd, 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