Everyone loves Deuce Lutui, but understanding him takes considerably more effort.
Lutui is quick with a quip, and the Cardinals guard plays football with an odd blend of nastiness and humor. He imitates pro wrestlers in the locker room, and occasionally on the field.
Two years ago, he (allegedly) enticed Chicago Bears tackle Tommie Harris to punch him just a minute into the game. Lutui was on the ground, appearing as defenseless as a 340-pound man can be, and receiver Larry Fitzgerald ran over.
Fitzgerald stood over Lutui, concerned, until Lutui peeked through his fingers and asked if Harris was still around.
What Lutui is going through now, however, is not so humorous. For the second consecutive year, Lutui has cost himself millions by failing to control his weight.
It's the main reason the Cardinals didn't sign him to a multiyear deal last year. It's the reason the Bengals cut him this week after agreeing to terms on a two-year, $8 million deal.
So Lutui, who is from Mesa, returned home to the team that drafted him, signing a one-year deal worth far less than the $5 million he would have made this year in Cincinnati.
A lesson learned, Lutui said.
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