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Fujita signs with Saints, retires from Andes

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Scott Fujita signed with New Orleans on Monday, then retired from the NFL. He wanted to go out as a Saint, the team he won the Super Bowl with. The 11-year veteran signed his one day contract and announced his retirement from the Andes Mountains in Peru. "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?", Fujita said in a statement.

Fujita was credited with four tackles in the Saints' 31-17 victory over Indianapolis  in Super Bowl XLIV. In 143 career games he piled up 767 tackles, 23.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and seven interceptions.

"I've been fortunate to play in this league for a long time and for some great organizations, but there is no doubt that my times spent in New Orleans were some of the best years of my life," Fujita said in the statement.

"The way the team and the community embraced us when we first arrived, and the way they continue to do so, even today, shows how deep this connection is. I'm honored to be a part of this organization and so proud to retire as a New Orleans Saint."

Fujita spent the last three years of his career in Cleveland with the Browns.

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