Being from Texas, Homer Bludau knows a little bit about football. He probably wouldn't be hanging around a throwback player like Paul Salata if that weren't the case.
As the former city manager of Newport Beach, Bludau jokes that it was his job to make sure the garbage man picked up Salata's trash. He must have collected at Salata's house on a daily basis.
Salata, a former USC and San Francisco 49ers player, has no complaints about Bludau's 10 years on the job. As a reward, when Bludau retired in September, Salata gave Bludau a new job in town to stay busy.
The 64-year-old, who was making six figures before he retired, was now an unpaid volunteer for Salata's Irrelevant Week. The title, executive director, was at least a lofty one for Bludau.
The position had Bludau dealing with more than Salata's jokes. Salata planned for Bludau to negotiate with the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell.