June 30, 2012
Where will the "Happiest Place on Earth" be this week? No, not Disneyland, although it is also in Orange County. It will be in Newport Beach, as the annual wackiness known as Irrelevant Week takes place at multiple venues. "Doing something nice for no good reason" is the motivation that Paul Salata used for inspiration back in 1976 when he decided to honor the dead last player taken in the NFL Draft. He created the "Lowsman Trophy" as the award, which features a bronze rendition of a player fumbling a football.
April 6, 2011
The Houston Texas have been awarded the last pick in this month's NFL Draft, giving the organization the right to select the next Mr. Irrelevant with the 253rd overal selection. Newport Beach is gearing up to celebrate Mr. Irrelevant, who has been getting showered with gifts for the past 35 years. The last player chosen in the draft is expected to come to town in June and have a weeklong party, known as Irrelevant Week, thrown in his honor for no apparent reason. "Everything's bigger in Texas," said Paul Salata, the Irrelevant Week founder, in a press release.
June 16, 2009
There they were last year, the pride of Hickory, North Carolina: the popular comedian nailing the punch lines, a retired race-car driver laughing with a sense of bittersweetness along with an up-and-coming kicker who would somehow become irrelevant. The scene unfolded, as Jon Reep, who likes to joke about his hometown, tried to give his best set for his buddy Dale Jarrett of NASCAR fame and his friend Ryan Succop, now known as Mr. Irrelevant XXXIV. Reep delivered the goods that night last year at Jarrett’s retirement party.
June 16, 2008
Most of the crew on ESPN laughed after the final pick was announced in the NFL Draft in April. It’s usually a funny time when Paul Salata walks up to the podium and reads the name of the man who will be celebrated for being Mr. Irrelevant, the dead last pick. But not every one on the ESPN crew laughed. Mel Kiper Jr., big hair and all, nodded his head as if the St. Louis Rams made a great pick: David Vobora. Apparently, this dude’s no joke. Kiper proceeded to spout off about Vobora’s ability and background and then said he would be surprised if he didn’t make the team.
June 23, 2004
Alicia Robinson While the smell of athletes' sweat will be mercifully absent, the jocular, back-slapping atmosphere of the locker room will prevail at a fete tonight highlighting Mr. Irrelevant, the NFL's last draft pick. At tonight's "Lowsman trophy" banquet, the centerpiece event of Irrelevant Week, honoree Andre Sommersell will be roasted in the presence of his family, past NFL greats and football enthusiasts of Newport-Mesa. Sommersell is a defensive end and linebacker who attended Estancia High School as a freshman and sophomore.
June 21, 2004
Alicia Robinson Successful business owners don't often dawdle in irrelevant matters, but once a year many of them delve into irrelevant events for the sake of charity. Every year since 1976, Newport Beach has celebrated the last player to be picked in the NFL draft and dubbed him Mr. Irrelevant. This year, Irrelevant Week celebrates a local. Colorado State University defensive end and linebacker Andre Sommersell, who attended Estancia High School for his freshman and sophomore years, was the last draft pick for 2004.
June 12, 2004
JIM DE BOOM Andre Sommersell, a 6-foot, 2-inch, 235-pound outside linebacker from Colorado State was selected No. 255 by the Oakland Raiders, the final pick in 2004 NFL Draft held in New York City, automatically becoming Mr. Irrelevant XXIX. Sommersell's achievement will be celebrated in a week-long series of events beginning at 5:30 p.m. June 21 with the arrival party and press conference sponsored by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce at the Newport Dunes Resort.
June 27, 2003
Richard Dunn Cast among stars from the world of sports and surrounded by USC pageantry, the usual pomp of Mr. Irrelevant's center stage walked to the beat of a different drum Thursday night at the Heisman-meets-Lowsman banquet at the Anaheim Marriott. In the headline event of Irrelevant Week XXVIII, Ryan Hoag, the former NCAA Division III wide receiver, was presented the annual Lowsman Trophy from Irrelevant Week founder Paul Salata, who served as master of ceremonies and chief host of the madcap roast and toast to celebrate the dead-last pick in the NFL draft in front of a record crowd of more than 1,200.
June 26, 2003
Richard Dunn Mr. Irrelevant XXVIII, Ryan Hoag of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., knew Irrelevant Week was "legit," but he "wasn't quite sure if it was roasting or toasting" that was going on to celebrate and absolute dead-last pick in the NFL draft. "I think they're genuine when you talk to people and they say they're really wanting you to succeed," added Hoag, who will be roasted and toasted tonight in the headliner event of Irrelevant Week, the annual banquet to honor Mr. Irrelevant.
June 24, 2003
Richard Dunn When the Heisman Trophy winner meets the Lowsman Trophy winner Thursday night for Irrelevant Week, the two former college football players -- USC quarterback Carson Palmer and NCAA Division III Gustavus Adolphus College wide receiver Ryan Hoag, respectively -- might be closer in NFL potential than most people think. Hoag, you see, could fit well in the Oakland Raiders' offense in "about three or four years," after the team's current wide receivers, future Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Tim Brown, consider retiring.