Because of the suit, Fortay's reunion with his former teammates last Saturday in the Orange Bowl was much anticipated. However, Fortay, who's nursing a bruised throwing shoulder, played only three downs in the Hurricanes' 31-17 victory. All his appearances were as a holder—twice on extra points and once on a 51-yard field goal.
On one of the PATs, Miami defensive end Kevin Patrick, a former roommate of Fortay's, said he almost hit Fortay. Patrick said that as he approached Fortay, he saw Fortay's "eyes light up." Said Fortay, "My eyes did not light up." After the game Fortay wanted to deliver a friendly note to Patrick, but security officers advised him to head directly to the visitors' locker room.
From the time Fortay first appeared on the sideline, he was the target of abuse from the crowd of 52,561. There also were signs: FORTAY, WE WON'T HURT YOU and NO PLAY, NO PAY FOR FORTAY and WELCOME HOME, BRYAN. NOT. Some fans wore T-shirts imprinted with NO WAY, FORTAY. Then there was the elderly couple at gate 12. When an usher asked them to open a container they were carrying, the husband said. "What, aren't we allowed to bring in any Fortay tomatoes?"
As for Fortay, he said the Miami players "were pretty good to me—they acted with a lot of class." And the fans? "The people were just here to have fun," he said. "I didn't hear anything that I don't normally hear on the road."
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