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Steinberg: It's that irrelevant time of the year again

June 30, 2012|By Leigh Steinberg

In the last 13 years, eight of the Mr. Irrelevant players have actually made rosters or practice squads. In 2009. Ryan Succop, placekicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, not only won the job but finished his rookie season tying an NFL record for highest field-goal percentage by a rookie in a season with 86%.

This year's honoree is Chandler Harnish, a quarterback from Northern Illinois University. The Indianapolis Colts used the first pick in the first round to select Stanford QB Andrew Luck, who is expected to start this season. They came back again and added Chandler in the seventh round.

Remember that the route that quarterbacks like Brett Favre, Mark Brunell and Matt Hasselbeck took to get a starting position was very similar. They were stuck behind franchise-type quarterbacks, but looked so promising in practice and limited service that other teams traded for them to start.


Tuesday night, unsuspecting Chandler will be roasted/toasted at the Irrelevant Week banquet. When Paul Salata and the roasters are "on" it is one the funniest, irreverent evening imaginable.

Salata is politically incorrect and out of control.

Former coach Stan Morrison delivers a rollicking speech every year in pidgin Spanish. Matt Willig shows the player what he has to look forward to. There are football legends and coaches galore. I have never represented the final player picked in the draft.

My client, San Diego Charger placekicker Rolf Benirschke was picked last by the Oakland Raiders in 1977 and for some strange technicality, the Vikings pick attended Irrelevant Week.

For the last 23 years I have been the official Irrelevant Week agent assigned to represent the player. Since I have represented the first player picked in the first round in eight separate drafts I have the task to negotiate a contract for the evening's festivities. It always has the largest signing bonus, because in Irrelevant World, the last shall be first. And it is chocked with incentive clauses such as "Player shall not be required to practice on any day that ends in the letter 'Y.' I emphasize that the contract is worth the paper it is printed on.

Goodwill Services is the designated cause of the week for charity. They do outstanding work in the field of rehabilitation. Money is raised for this incredible cause throughout the evening.

The cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m. and the banquet at 7, Tuesday at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel. So if you want a night of laughs and warmth make sure to get your tickets, it always sells out.

Monday night is the Arrival Party at the Newport Dunes, starting at 5 p.m.

Call Mel at (949) 263-0727 or contact them at for tickets and more information.

LEIGH STEINBERG is a renowned sports agent, author, advocate, speaker and humanitarian. His column appears weekly. Follow Leigh on Twitter @steinbergsports or

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