Mr. Irrelevant

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Mr. Irrelevant
Awarded for The last draft pick of the National Football League draft
Location New York City, New York
Country United States
Presented by Paul Salata
First awarded 1976
Currently held by Justice Cunningham
Official website http://www.irrelevantweek.com/

"Mr. Irrelevant" is the title bestowed each year upon the last pick of the annual National Football League draft. Although the NFL Draft dates back to 1936, the first person to officially be given the "Mr. Irrelevant" title was Kelvin Kirk, pick number 487 of the 1976 draft. The current Mr. Irrelevant is tight end Justice Cunningham of the South Carolina Gamecocks, who was selected by the Indianapolis Colts as pick number 254 of the 2013 draft.

Irrelevant Week[edit]

"Irrelevant Week" arose in 1976, when former Southern California and NFL receiver Paul Salata founded the event in Newport Beach, California. He continues to announce the final pick of the NFL draft to this day. During the summer after the draft, the new Mr. Irrelevant and his family are invited to spend a week in Newport Beach, California, where they enjoy a golf tournament, a regatta, a roast giving advice to the new draftee, and a ceremony awarding him the Lowsman Trophy. The trophy mimics the Heisman, but depicts a player fumbling a football.

Notable "winners"[edit]

Several players who have been presented with this dubious honor have nevertheless succeeded in making the team that drafted them, with significant contributions on the field.

One "Mr. Irrelevant" (who actually predated the award by nearly a decade) went on to a productive professional career in another sport. Jimmy Walker was the final pick in 1967 despite never having played college football. His main sport, however, was basketball, in which he was a consensus All-American and the nation's leading scorer as a senior at Providence. Walker was the first pick in the 1967 NBA Draft, and opted for a career in the NBA.[2]

Mr. Irrelevant "winners" and other final selections[edit]

Year Round Pick Player Name Team Position College
1936 9 9 81 Flanagan, PhilPhil Flanagan Giants G Holy Cross
1937 10 10 100 Holt, SolonSolon Holt Rams G TCU
1938 12 10 110 Dreher, FerdFerd Dreher Bears E Denver
1939 22 5 200 Rhodes, JackJack Rhodes Giants G Texas
1940 22 5 200 Claxton, MyronMyron Claxton Giants T Whittier
1941 22 2 204 Landsberg, MortMort Landsberg Steelers B Cornell
1942 22 5 200 Clarkson, StuStu Clarkson Bears C Texas A&I
1943 32 5 300 Bogovich, BoBo Bogovich Redskins G Delaware
1944 32 6 330 Roberts, WaltonWalton Roberts Yanks B Texas
1945 32 6 330 Aldridge, Billy JoeBilly Joe Aldridge Packers B Oklahoma A&M
1946 32 5 300 West, JohnJohn West Rams B Oklahoma
1947 32 7 300 Clayton, DonDon Clayton Giants B North Carolina
1948 32 7 300 Fischer, BillBill Fischer Cardinals G Notre Dame
1949 25 10 251 Schweder, John (Bull)John (Bull) Schweder Eagles G Pennsylvania
1950 30 13 391 Parker, DudDud Parker Eagles B Baylor
1951 30 11 362 Averno, SistoSisto Averno Browns G Muhlenberg
1952 30 11 360 Saban, JohnJohn Saban Browns B Xavier
1953 30 11 360 Maus, HalHal Maus Lions E Montana
1954 30 11 360 Horton, EllisEllis Horton Lions B Eureka (IL)
1955 30 11 360 Leachman, LamarLamar Leachman Browns C Tennessee
1956 30 11 360 Bartholomew, BobBob Bartholomew Browns T Wake Forest
1957 30 11 360 Gest, DonDon Gest Giants E Washington State
1958 30 11 360 Bronson, TommyTommy Bronson Lions B Tennessee
1959 30 12 360 Weese, BlairBlair Weese Colts B West Virginia Tech
1960 20 12 240 Gorman, BillBill Gorman Giants T McMurry
1961 20 14 280 MacKinnon, JacqueJacque MacKinnon Eagles B Colgate
1962 20 14 280 Snodgrass, MikeMike Snodgrass Packers C Western Michigan
1963 20 14 280 Brezina, BobbyBobby Brezina Packers B Houston
1964 20 14 280 Niglio, DickDick Niglio Bears RB Yale
1965 20 14 280 Haffner, GeorgeGeorge Haffner Colts QB McNeese State
1966 20 15 305 Carr, TomTom Carr Colts T Morgan State
1967 17 26 445 Walker, JimmyJimmy Walker Saints WR Providence
1968 17 27 462 Smith, JimmyJimmy Smith Bengals TE Jackson State
1969 17 26 442 Zirkie, FredFred Zirkie Jets DT Duke
1970 17 26 442 Jenkins, RayfordRayford Jenkins Chiefs DB Alcorn A&M
1971[3] 17 26 442 Hill, CharlesCharles Hill Raiders WR Sam Houston State
1972 17 26 442 Cain, AlphonsoAlphonso Cain Cowboys DT Bethune-Cookman
1973 17 26 442 Wade, CharlesCharles Wade Dolphins WR Tennessee State
1974 17 26 442 Dickerson, KenKen Dickerson Dolphins DB Tuskegee
1975 17 26 442 Hegener, StanStan Hegener Steelers G Nebraska
1976 17 28 487 Kirk, KelvinKelvin Kirk Steelers WR Dayton
1977 12 27 335 Kelleher, JimJim Kelleher Vikings RB Colorado
1978 12 28 334 Washburn, LeeLee Washburn Cowboys G Montana State
1979 12 27 330 Almond, MikeMike Almond Steelers WR Northwestern State
1980 12 28 333 McGriff, TyroneTyrone McGriff Steelers G Florida A&M
1981 12 28 332 Nelson, PhilPhil Nelson Raiders TE Delaware
1982 12 28 334 Washington, TimTim Washington 49ers DB Fresno State
1983 12 28 335 Tuggle, JohnJohn Tuggle Giants RB California
1984 12 28 336 Essington, RandyRandy Essington Raiders QB Colorado
1985 12 28 336 Chumley, DonaldDonald Chumley 49ers DT Georgia
1986 12 28 333 Travis, MikeMike Travis Chargers DB Georgia Tech
1987 12 28 335 Jefferson, NormanNorman Jefferson Packers DB LSU
1988 12 28 333 Beathard, JeffJeff Beathard Rams WR Southern Oregon
1989 12 28 335 Ross, EverettEverett Ross Vikings WR Ohio State
1990 12 27 331 Davis, DemetriusDemetrius Davis Raiders TE Nevada
1991 12 28 334 Wanke, LarryLarry Wanke Giants QB John Carroll
1992 12 28 336 Elliott, MattMatt Elliott Redskins C Michigan
1993 8 28 224 Alcorn, DaronDaron Alcorn Buccaneers K Akron
1994 7 28 222 Moore, MartyMarty Moore Patriots LB Kentucky
1995 7 41 249 Reed, MichaelMichael Reed Panthers DB Boston College
1996 7 45 254 Manuel, SamSam Manuel 49ers LB New Mexico State
1997 7 39 240 McAda, RonnieRonnie McAda Packers QB Army
1998 7 52 241 Quayle, CamCam Quayle Ravens TE Weber State
1999 7 47 253 Finn, JimJim Finn Bears RB Pennsylvania
2000 7 48 254 Green, MichaelMichael Green Bears DB Northwestern State
2001 7 46 246 Ofahengaue, TevitaTevita Ofahengaue Cardinals TE Brigham Young
2002 7 50 261 Miller, AhmadAhmad Miller Texans DT UNLV
2003 7 48 262 Hoag, RyanRyan Hoag Raiders WR Gustavus Adolphus
2004 7 54 255 Sommersell, AndreAndre Sommersell Raiders LB Colorado State
2005 7 41 255 Stokes, AndyAndy Stokes Patriots TE William Penn
2006 7 47 255 McMahan, KevinKevin McMahan Raiders WR Maine
2007 7 45 255 Robinson, RamzeeRamzee Robinson Lions CB Alabama
2008 7 45 252 Vobora, DavidDavid Vobora Rams OLB Idaho
2009 7 47 256 Succop, RyanRyan Succop Chiefs K South Carolina
2010 7 48 255 Toone, TimTim Toone Lions WR Weber State
2011 7 53 254 Ozougwu, ChetaCheta Ozougwu Texans DE Rice
2012 7 46 253 Harnish, ChandlerChandler Harnish Colts QB NIU
2013 7 48 254 Cunningham, JusticeJustice Cunningham Colts TE South Carolina
2014 7 41 256 Texans

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://kcchiefs.com/news/2010/01/05/rb_jamaal_charles_voted_derrick_thomas_award_winner_k_ryan_succop_wins_mack_lee_hill_award/%7CSuccop Wins Mack Lee Hill Award
  2. ^ May, Peter (2007-07-03). "Providence hoops legend Jimmy Walker dies at 63". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 
  3. ^ Although some contemporary sources list Don Nottingham, who had a seven-year career in the NFL, as the last pick of this draft, the Oakland Raiders passed when their time came to pick in the last round and wound up choosing last.

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