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METAIRIE, La. Veteran NFL linebacker Scott Fujita, who enjoyed his most successful seasons with the Saints, signed a one-day contract with the team so that he could retire as a Saint, the club announced Monday.

Fujita was a big part of the team that came together after Katrina and enjoyed the best run in franchise history, with two NFC Championship game appearances and a Super Bowl title.

'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. '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, 33, signed his contract provided to him by the Saints in Machu Picchu, located in the Andes Mountains in the Urubamba Valley in Peru, South America. He is accompanying former New Orleans Saints teammate Steve Gleason on an adventure of the fabled Inca tribe in the South American mountains.

Fujita, an 11-year veteran of play in the National Football League, was signed by the New Orleans Saints in 2006 as an unrestricted free agent and played for the Saints through the 2009 season. As a member of the Black-and-Gold, Fujita helped guide the Saints to the team's first-ever Super Bowl title, a 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.

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