NFL player retires after hiking Machu Picchu

NFL linebacker Scott Fujita signing his retirement from the heights of the Peruvian Andes with Machu Picchu in the background; Photo by @GregBensel/Twitter
NFL linebacker Scott Fujita signing his retirement from the heights of the Peruvian Andes with Machu Picchu in the background. Photo by @GregBensel/Twitter

Super Bowl champion linebacker Scott Fujita sent his retirement notice from a unique location on Monday: The top of Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains of Peru. The 11-year veteran was hiking the historic site with former New Orleans Saints teammate Scott Gleason, who is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease, and couldn’t think of a better spot to announce his news, according to a statement released by the Saints. “What better place to reach the end of the road than here at 10,000 feet above sea level, in the Peruvian Andes overlooking Machu Picchu with my dear friend Steve Gleason?”

This peaceful, almost Zen, approach contradicts much of the public image Fujita established in his playing days, as he was one of the four players suspended by the NFL after they discovered the Saints were placing bounties on opposing players. Fujita was banned for three games, a ban that was later reduced to one game. The 33-year-old Fujita had been playing with the Cleveland Browns, but was granted a one-day contract with the Saints so he could retire with the team he helped lead to the Super Bowl—from on top of a mountain. What do you think? Is this the strangest professional sports retirement you’ve ever heard of?

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