NEWPORT BEACH — Dressed in a royal blue collared shirt, navy blue slacks and brown shoes, a 25-year-old with long hair walked into the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa looking like a mixture of Tarzan and Carrot Top.
No, that's just Tim Toone, who does not look like your prototypical football player.
Toone was the guy with the blond dreadlocks escorted to the lobby and through a walkway formed, not by police officers, but by cheerleaders from Costa Mesa High. The girls cheered louder for Toone than the athletes from their own school.
That kind of fanfare in town is only reserved for the last player selected in the NFL Draft. Toone is that guy, Mr. Irrelevant.
Out-of-town guests at the hotel asked about all the commotion. Children held signs reading, "Toone Fan Club" and "Toone It Up." Two kids wore apparel from the Detroit Lions, the team that drafted Toone at No. 255, the dead-last pick.