Retired Saint Fujita is a legend


Retired Saint Scott Fujita is a legend, in the eyes of these Saints fans: The Home Front

By Patty Stohlman; August 12, 2013 at 7:10 AM

My husband and I have been married for 34 years. Within those 34 years, I think my husband has been right about something seven times. He thinks the number is much higher, but I will only concede to my official count of seven, which, if you were to ask me, is an accurate, official count. The way I see it, is, if he wants his own accurate, official count, then he can get his own column.

He celebrated his “Number Seven Right About Something “ at his favorite place, the Mercedes–Benz Superdome, doing his favorite thing, cheering on his beloved Saints, wearing his favorite Scott Fujita jersey. And, to quote him, “It was the happiest, ‘I told you so’ moment of my life.”

I have asked him to retire his Scott Fujita jersey and get with the ticket and wear somebody who is actually on the current team. He scoffed at me and said, “Nobody comes close to Scott on the team, so until I find someone that does I am wearing this jersey.”

I countered with, “Could the real reason be that you are just too cheap to buy a new jersey?” At that point he softly laid his index finger on my lips and shook his head while saying, “Tut tut, I will have none of that kind of talk while I have the Fujita on my back. The man is a legend.”

I had to agree with him, somewhat, on that point. Fujita was always a class act, if you ask me. But if ask my husband about Fujita, tears well up in his eyes and his throat begins to crack as he talks of the man. Personally, I think he takes it a bit too far.

In case you didn’t know, last April, Fujita signed a one-day contract with the Saints then climbed 10,000 feet above sea level to the Machu Picchu ruins in the Andes Mountains of Peru to announce his retirement. He did it so he could retire as a Saint.

To tell you the truth, I, myself was quite moved by his wanting to retire as a Saint. My husband, on the other hand, was over the moon.

But, back to his jersey. The first game he did what he always does, and announces the official beginning of his year by slipping on “the old Fujita” as he calls it and states, “Let the games begin.”

This year as we walked to the Dome, him with his head held high with his Fujita on his back, our friend, who was behind us, tapped him on the shoulder and said, “You are never going to believe this, but someone just photographed your Fujita jersey.”

He replied, “Why shouldn’t they? I told you all that this jersey was a keepsake and now maybe you all will believe me.”

I knew he was right, but I wasn’t ready to give in and acknowledge his official Number Seven, so I replied, “They probably just photographed your backside for one of those people with big butts going into the Dome videos that will be circulating on the Internet soon.”

We, my friends and I, all laughed, but he just kept walking onto and into the Dome as if his jersey was a symbol of everything that is right about the Saints, Scott Fujita and the man who loved them.

I hate it when he is right.

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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