In this matchup we have two Golden Bears who've done a lot of wrecking in their college and pro careers, both receiving some of the highest honors in their sport! Who should move on? The winner moves onto face the J.J. Arrington-Ashley Walker winner in the Sweet 16. Voting ends Friday at noon PT. Click here to view the full bracket.
One of my favorite Cal women athletes of all time. A great ballplayer, an Olympian, led Cal to a national championship, and deceptively powerful despite her small size. Plus she’s cute as hell, and even more attractive (at least to me), because she’s openly bisexual. But beyond my adolescent crush on her, few position players in Cal history have stronger Hall of Fame credentials than her.
• Silver Medalist at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China
2007• Gold medalist at Pan American GamesHit .375 (3-for-8) with two runs scored• World Cup ChampionHit .467 (7-for-15) with six RBI and one homerun• Hit 8-for-13 (.615) at the Canada Cup with five RBI and seven runs scored
2006• Gold medalist at ISF World ChampionshipsHit .250 (2-for-8) with a double and three RBI• World Cup ChampionHit .333 (2-for-6) with two RBI and three runs scored
2005• Gold medalist at Pan Am qualifier2004• Member of USA Schutt Elite Team at Canada Cup and Champions CupHit .415 (22-53) with 12 runs and a team-high five doubles and 12 RBIAt California• Led the Cal Bears to the Women’s College World Series three times• Two-time NFCA First-team All American• Named to 2003 All-WCWS Team• Earned Pac-10 Conference Honors every season played• Graduated in 2005
Cal football walk-on to world champion
Fujita redshirted his freshman year, but not before blowing away coaches in his first camp by helping out the injury-plagued Bears at safety even though both of his hands were clubbed up with tape—one because it was broken, the other because of a nasty gash. The Bears gave him a scholarship the next spring, and he added 20 pounds to his 6'5" frame while switching from safety to linebacker. But as a sophomore in 1999, he was plagued by nerve stingers in his neck. Following the season, he had career-threatening surgery that put him in the ICU for three days and a neck halo for a week. That was March. By August, he was cracking skulls again in live practice drills. Two seasons later, he was among Cal's leading tacklers. "I call it Pat Tillman syndrome," says former Cal defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich, now at Texas Tech. "There are a few players you come across who give their heart and soul to the game. That's Pat Tillman, and that's Scott Fujita.