Fujita to make WDSU debut


Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita to make WDSU debut

By Dave Walker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune; September 05, 2013 at 10:23 AM

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Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita makes his debut as a contributor to WDSU’s sports team this weekend, with expected appearances in the station’s 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts Saturday (Sept. 7), and taped segments in Sunday’s morning newscasts.

According to a WDSU news release, Fujita’s main role will be working the wrap-around coverage for the three games the station is scheduled to carry in prime time this season: Sept. 30, Nov. 10 and Dec. 2.

Also on the team: Fletcher Mackel, Sharief Ishaq and Jim Mora.

Fujita, who also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns during his career, is also working for the new cable network Fox Sports 1.

Here’s an edited email Q&A with Fujita:

Q: What are you reading lately?

A: “Fancy Nancy.”

What are you writing?

I’ll be writing semi-regularly for The New York Times and FoxSports.com about pretty much whatever pops into my head. And things seem to be constantly popping into in my head.

Better barbecue, Kansas City or Dallas?

Overall, Kansas City. Although Salt Lick in Texas is pretty damn good.

Better food, New Orleans or anywhere else?

My last supper would be in New Orleans. Choosing which restaurant would be the challenge.

Better view, Jackson Square or Machu Picchu?

Love Jackson Square and the muddy waters, but MP is awe-inspiring. Once-in-a-lifetime experience.

As far as I can tell, you haven’t been on Twitter since your trip to Peru. Does your phone not work below 7,000 feet?

You’ve probably been following my old handle! After I retired as a Saint, I changed my Twitter handle to @sfujita55, by popular demand of the good people of New Orleans!

Your retirement “press conference” there was great. Now that you’re on the other side of the microphone, so to speak, what would you change about the interaction between media members and players and coaches that would improve the experience for all involved, including fans?

I think they all should go out and drink beers together, regularly. That’s why I got along so well with the NOLA media!

My favorite all-time reply by a player to a reporter came from Steve Largent. Asked what his favorite (playing) record was, Largent, who held a lot of records, said, “The White Album.” What’s your favorite record?

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” hands down. Still have the LP.

The Saints’ final record this season?


For the average fans, what are the differences between a 3-4 defense and whatever the hell the Saints used last year?

Don’t over-think 3-4 vs. 4-3. It’s defense. See ball, get ball. Mold the scheme to your talent, not the other way around. And you’ve got to have buy-in. From afar, I sensed they didn’t have that last year. If you don’t buy what the coach is selling, then you’ve got nothing.

Describe the first time you realized Steve Gleason is a special person.

My first off-season workout with the Saints after becoming their first free-agent acquisition in 2006, I saw Steve doing yoga by himself in the field house while the rest of us meatheads were in the gym throwing weights around. I thought he was pretty weird, and I dug it.

What did you love about each of the cities where you played? Be specific. Parks, restaurants, coffee shops, downtowns, Uptowns, etc.

In KC, I loved the smell of BBQ in the parking lot as I drove into the stadium on game days. Best tailgating in the NFL, bar none. In Dallas, I liked that my apartment was only a five-minute drive from the facility. That is all. :-)

In Cleveland, I loved the fall colors in the MetroParks along the Rocky River. And I especially loved their winters. Riiiiiiiiiight!

In NOLA…How much space do I have to answer this question? Bucket of Pacificos at Lucy’s, walking my dogs (yes, I always bagged their poop), Tuesday dinner at Jacques-Imo’s followed by a stumble over to the Maple Leaf to catch Rebirth, Cochon/Herbsaint/Butcher (Donald Link is a legend), strolling Audubon with my twin girls, stuffing my face at Rock-n-Sake (Chef Dirk gets it done!), Trombone Shorty whenever/wherever, sizzling steak at Mr. John’s, people-watching at Cafe du Monde in the wee hours of the morning. But more than anything else, it’s the hospitality that separates NOLA from any other place in the world.

How are the fans different in each of those places?

Great fans everywhere I’ve been. But New Orleans is the only place where people take work off on Mondays after a Saints game. And some would show us their boobs when we’d return to the airport after road trips.

Your favorite all-time sports journalist, print or broadcast? And why?

Fletcher Mackel, because he’s so handsome and has shockingly white teeth.

Aside from these, the dumbest question you were ever asked by a reporter?

At Super Bowl Media Day in Miami, someone asked me what hair products I use. Sunshine and water, in case you’re wondering.

Full story at: http://www.nola.com/tv/index.ssf/2013/09/former_new_orleans_saints_line.html#incart_river

Filed in: Press Room • Thursday, September 5th, 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