Link: Scott Fujita Anything But Your Typical Athlete

Oct 16, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller (7) is tackled by Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita (99) in the third quarter at the O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Browns, 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

In today’s link, we share a piece on former Cal (the Buckeyes’ opponent this week) and Cleveland Browns (local) star Scott Fujita. In the piece, The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Bill Livingston discusses how Fujita is anything but your stereotypical athlete.

Here’s an excerpt from the piece:

Fujita is one of those free-thinkers who believes there should be minor-league football, along the lines of the NBA’s Developmental League, for players with no interest in college. “I don’t begrudge them the obvious,” he said. “Why wouldn’t they go to Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama or LSU? They’re going to give them their best shot at the NFL. Why would they waste their time (with school) when it’s been so ingrained in them that football is their ticket?”

Some of his thoughts Fujita files under regrets. He had little time to deviate from a strict schedule, both in college and in the NFL. “You might have an hour or an hour and a half before dinner to slip away,” he said. “In the NFL, I’d try to walk around the town after I woke up, but usually we were in a hotel on the outskirts, and there was nothing to see.”

The full article can be read here: http://www.cleveland.com/livingston/index.ssf/2013/09/former_cleveland_brown_and_cal.html

Topics: California Golden Bears, Cleveland Browns

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