Saints LB Scott Fujita in Miami during Super Bowl, courtesy of Joel.
It just occurred to me that if we had more quotes, I could write that headline with probably fifty different players' names in there.
Silver goes over how Fujita was adopted by a Japanese-American father and a Caucasian mother, prompting him to tell people growing up, "My name's Scott. I'm Japanese." The article hits on Fujita's passion for civil liberties; his time as "cannon fodder" for the Cal football team; and of course, his time with the Kansas City Chiefs. It's a good read. Check it out.
After leading the Chiefs in tackles in 2003, Fujita had one more successful season in KC (90 tackles, 4.5 sacks) before head to Dallas and eventually New Orleans.
What happened in KC?
"They brought in [defensive coordinator] Gunther Cunningham, who’s a [expletive]. And you can quote me on that."
I can think of about a half dozen words that would be perfectly appropriate to between those second brackets. Fujita wasn't completely soured on KC though. Silver writes, "Fujita is grateful to Vermeil for trading him to Dallas shortly before the start of the 2005 season after he had lost his starting job to free-agent signee Kendrell Bell and to Parcells for "helping to get my career back on track."
Grateful to Parcells? That makes me think there's a tiny chance Fujita would play in KC next year, considering he's a free agent after the Super Bowl.
Good luck to Scott Fujita and the Saints this weekend. I'll be rooting for them.