Scott Fujita - Straight For Equality

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Scott Anthony Fujita was born in Ventura, California on April 28, 1979. He was a two-sport standout (football and basketball) at Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard, CA before heading to the University of California, Berkeley where he earned a BA in Political Science and a Masters degree in Education. He was originally a walk-on safety at Cal, but ended up making the transition to linebacker as a redshirt freshman. As a senior, he started all games at linebacker and was named All-Pac 10 honorable mention and Academic All-Pac 10.

Fujita was drafted in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He played three seasons with them before signing with the Dallas Cowboys for the 2005 season. In 2006, Fujita signed with the New Orleans Saints, reuniting with former coaches Joe Vitt, Gary Gibbs, and Sean Payton, who is now the head coach of the team. That same year, he was selected as the defensive team captain by his teammates and held that title until the end of the 2008 season. After winning his first Super Bowl in 2010, Scott became an unrestricted free agent and joined the Cleveland Browns.

Off of the playing field, Scott dedicates a lot of time to his community, as well as a number of charities.

While with Kansas City, he was a spokesperson for the Kansas City Cancer Center and Monday’s Child, an adoption program. As he played for New Orleans, he was a spokesperson for Adoption and Adoption Awareness Month, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and the American Heart Association. Scott has been a volunteer football camp coach, spoken at schools about issues including living a healthy lifestyle and the history of Japanese internment camps, and has been a spokesperson for the Gulf Restoration Network and America’s Wetlands Foundation.

Scott also contributed to the upcoming NFL Players Association book, NFL Dads Dedicated to Daughters: Inspiring Personal Accounts on Fatherhood from the Men of the NFL, which highlights what it means to be a father, the import part fathers play in being role models for their daughters, and discussions about the responsibility men have in preventing domestic violence.

He has received numerous awards and honors including being named the Chief’s Most Improved Player for 2003, being named team captain of the Saints from 2006-2008, NFC Defensive Player of the Week in September 2006, and receiving (with his team) the Award for Community Dedication at the 2007 Gridiron Gala. He also was a finalist for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2009, and was selected as the Saint’s Man of the Year for 2009.

On a personal note, Fujita is Caucasian even though his last name is Japanese. He is the adopted son of Rodney Fujita, who is Japanese-American, and his wife Helen, who is Caucasian. Fujita grew up celebrating Japanese holidays and festivals, and therefore considers himself to be culturally Japanese. He is married to Jaclyn and has twin daughters, Isabell and Delilah.

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