They Call Me Mister Irrelevant: Seven Irrelevants From Seven Decades

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They Call Me Mister Irrelevant: Seven Irrelevants From Seven Decades

"Mister Irrelevant"

Created by former NFL and Southern California receiver Paul Salata in 1976, the Mister Irrelevant award has become synonymous with the NFL draft. The actual trophy (also called The Lowsman) depicts a football player fumbling a football and goes to the final player selected in the last round of the NFL draft. Aside from receiving the trophy the last pick is also flown out to California where he is invited to play in a golf tournament, attend a regatta and finally roasted by a panel who offer advice to the new draftee. Most "Mister Irrelevants" are not expected to make the final roster of the team that selected them which is why the award is not exactly always well received.

Although the award officially began in 1976 I pondered the question "what ever happened to the previous 40 years last picks in the NFL draft? Did they make the team they were drafted by? Were there careers cut short by war or the depression? Or did they go on to become one of the NFL greats despite there "Mister Irrelevant" status?

After going through the last 70 some odd years of the NFL I decided it would be best to select 1 player from each decade and see if I could track down what happened to "Mister Irrelevant".

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