This Didn’t Get Enough Attention

Scott Fujita is a good person.

I ran across an article the other day while I was at work that I felt deserved more attention than it got.  Lost amid the scandalous behavior of Ben Roethlistberger and the big NASCAR wreck fiasco was the story about what former New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita did with his Super Bowl Bonus.

Next year will be Fujita’s 9th year in the NFL and he will be playing for his fourth team.  He’s never made a Pro Bowl or been named an All-Pro.  He was drafted in the 5th round of 2002 NFL draft out of the University of California.  In fact, the highest accolade he has received up to this point was being named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 in 2000-2001.  All in all, Fujita is a solid, yet unspectacular player.  But this post isn’t about his on-field contributions.

This past season Fujita played 11 games for the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints.  Then as free agency started the Saints declined to offer Fujita a new contract and he signed a new three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns.

Before leaving, however, Fujita took half of his playoff bonus, about $82,000, and donated it to coastal reconstruction in Louisiana and the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.  For his efforts, Fujita was named New Orleans Saints Man of the Year.

About his donation, Fujita said:

The people of this city and region have been so good to me and my family, that we just felt strongly about doing something to protect the city we have come to love so much.

I know several players who should take a page out of Fujita’s book.  In fact, I know several people who should take a lesson from him, myself included.  I’m always a sucker for a story about someone who does something good.  We hear too much about players who shoot their own leg, or drive drunk, or [allegedly] sexually assault women in club bathrooms, or make it rain in strip clubs.  It’s just a shame that this story didn’t get as much publicity as those stories.

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5 Responses

  1. This is a great story. I hadn’t even heard about this. You really are right about too much publicity going to negative stories and not enough attention is paid to the stories like this one.

  2. Amen to that. Thanks for the post.

  3. I didn’t hear about this either. It’s sad that the sports world has succombed to TMZ style news… It’s crazy how many of the Saints players have donated money to the City of NO. Nice feel good story!

  4. We all could do well by following his example. Nice story.

  5. […] unless your name is Tim Tebow. Another example that I’ll add to Bryan’s list is the story of Scott Fujita that Bryan himself posted back in March about how Fujita donated a ton of money to Haiti, or the post I just published a week […]

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