I have been covering sports for more than a decade and in practicing journalism, we're conditioned to focus on the champions; to seek interviews with the athletes who are the most successful, accruing the loftiest awards and achieving their ultimate dreams. Journalists are taught to look for the winners and thoroughly tell their story, because it's assumed, that is what the people want to hear about.
But then Paul Salata got an idea and for the past 36 years has been bulldozing every preconception of who decides whom the champions are. Salata, the originator of the very special Irrelevant Week celebration, turned the table on sports writers and made a champion of a nobody, and in doing so, galvanized this community and changed lives.
Cheta Ozougwu was the last name called in this year's NFL draft. His full name in Nigerian means "remember God when you're on top," but it would be impossible for him to be drafted any lower.