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April 28, 2012
What was a private, low key NFL Draft 30 years ago, has become a three-day sponsored and promoted Ramadan of the annual player selection. What you didn't see was the excruciating tension the college players and their friends and families are experiencing in homes across the country. I have been fortunate to have represented over 60 first-round draft picks, eight of whom were the very first pick in the first round. I have also spent almost 40 years sharing this penultimate moment of pressure followed by joy at players' homes and in New York.
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By Leigh Steinberg | April 20, 2013
The most anxiety-fueled, suspenseful, nerve-wracking, emotional and ultimately explosively joyful day of the year is coming this week for anyone who represents prospects for this year's National Football League Draft. The long "second season" of All-Star games, the scouting combine, pro scouting days on campus, and individualized interactions which constitute postseason scouting are done. NFL teams have compiled a draft board which lists their assessment of every potentially draftable player by an overall rating number and then by position.
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By Steve Virgen | April 24, 2012
Paul Salata, the creator of Mr. Irrelevant, has some history with the team making the final pick in the NFL Draft that starts Thursday and ends Saturday. Salata, a Newport Beach resident, played for the Colts when they were in Baltimore in 1950. He connected with future Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle, catching 50 passes in 12 games after being traded from the San Francisco 49ers early in the season. Salata, 85, likes to find connections to the team making the selection and later with the player drafted as Mr. Irrelevant.
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March 25, 2014
The Houston Texans are slated to pick Mr. Irrelevant on the NFL Draft's final day, May 10, it was announced when compensatory picks were released Monday. This year will be the 39th Mr. Irrelevant or if you're from the old school, Mr. Irrelevant XXXIX. He will be celebrated and roasted during Irrelevant Week in Newport Beach and other parts of Orange County, a tradition that was created by Newport Beach resident Paul Salata and began in 1976. The final pick of the NFL Draft is known as Mr. Irrelevant.
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June 30, 2010
Even the last player picked in the NFL Draft has a busy itinerary. Tim Toone, aka Mr. Irrelevant XXXV, is in town for three days. The arrival party for Toone is at 5 p.m. today in the atrium of the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. Toone will receive gifts and mingle with fans. The event is free, so if you root for the Detroit Lions, which drafted Toone with the 255th pick, you have a reason to cheer before the actual NFL season. An hour later, Toone is off to the All-Star Lowsman Banquet, where the wide receiver will catch grief for having blond dreadlocks.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
April 7, 2013
Irrelevant Week, Inc., which celebrates the last player chosen in the NFL Draft every year in Newport Beach, has named Special Olympics Southern California as this year's charitable recipient. "Through the power of sports, Special Olympics transforms the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities," Irrelevant Week chairperson Jerry McGee said in a press release. Irrelevant Week, Inc. said it has donated more than $1 million to charities in Southern California in the last 37 years.
SPORTS
April 22, 2013
Can you name who will be the last player chosen in this year's NFL Draft? Irrelevant Week is having a contest for fans interested in correctly guessing which player will be drafted last on the final day of the draft on Saturday in New York. The Indianapolis Colts have the 254th pick, the final selection in this year's draft. The winner will receive a prize package and be invited to attend the Irrelevant Week festivities, which includes an arrival party and banquet in Newport Beach.
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February 23, 2003
It may be irrelevant, but it sure is fun. Irrelevant Week, that is. Is it that time already? No, it is not. Irrelevant Week is in June. This is not June. This is February. But Paul Salata, a.k.a. "Slats," a.k.a. "Mr. Irrelevant Week," has cooked up a new twist for this year's edition that is pure Salata. I suppose it's possible that someone around here might not know who Paul Salata is, but I can't imagine how. A very brief bio: The things that matter in Paul Salata's life are as follows: his family, USC, Irrelevant Week and helping people -- all sorts of people in all sorts of ways.
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By Leigh Steinberg | April 25, 2014
Sunday will be emotional for Cal Berkeley alumni, fans, and anyone who knew the late Cal quarterback, Joe Roth. "Don't Quit: The Joe Roth Story" will debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival at the Regency Lido Theatre at 2 p.m. It is a film filled with hope and inspiration, directed by Cal alums Bob Rider and Phil Schaaf. The Newport Beach Film Festival has been the launching pad for many successful documentaries. I helped Gregg Schwenk, co-executive director, resurrect the festival some years ago. Gregg and Todd Quartararo have done a brilliant job turning it into a showcase for the best in new feature, documentary, and short films.
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March 25, 2014
The Houston Texans are slated to pick Mr. Irrelevant on the NFL Draft's final day, May 10, it was announced when compensatory picks were released Monday. This year will be the 39th Mr. Irrelevant or if you're from the old school, Mr. Irrelevant XXXIX. He will be celebrated and roasted during Irrelevant Week in Newport Beach and other parts of Orange County, a tradition that was created by Newport Beach resident Paul Salata and began in 1976. The final pick of the NFL Draft is known as Mr. Irrelevant.
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By Leigh Steinberg | February 20, 2014
Saturday kicks off the Super Bowl of the NFL draft process in Indianapolis - the scouting combine. This event draws every single NFL coach, executive, scout and director of player personnel who desire a personal view and opportunity to scrutinize several hundred of the top college prospects. Even some owners attend. The NFL Network, and ESPN to a lesser extent, actually televise some of the drills as they happen. It is covered by massive amounts of print and electronic media. Performance at the combine can send a player soaring up the charts in draft position or plummeting downward.
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By Steve Virgen | October 11, 2013
Leigh Steinberg is back in the game. Steinberg, the famed sports agent, relaunched his representation career and announced the formation of Steinberg Sports & Entertainment this week, as he gained NFL agent certification. October could be known as Comeback Month for Steinberg, who has battled plenty of adversity, including the death of his father, the end of his marriage, bankruptcy and alcoholism. He's back in the news, headlines across the Internet, declaring his return.
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By Leigh Steinberg | September 14, 2013
There has been a massive influx of young starting quarterbacks into the NFL over the past three seasons. The 2011 NFL Draft produced six starters, 2012 produced five (with Nick Foles almost making it six) and 2013 has produced two. This means that 13 positions have turned over in three years - an incredible development at the most critical position in football. Quarterback has traditionally been the most difficult position to master quickly of any in football. The NFL features complex playbooks that need to be assimilated.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | August 16, 2013
With the kickoff to the NFL season right around the corner, Paul Salata emailed us to update us on this year's Mr. Irrelevant. I figured the Indianapolis Colts had cut Justice Cunningham back in June during Irrelevant Week in Newport Beach. When I opened the email, I did a double take. The founder of Irrelevant Week still uses an AOL email account. Salata is old school. I bet the 86-year-old has a dial-up connection. Back to the email, Salata attached two items on Cunningham, the last player selected in the NFL Draft.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | June 21, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - Leigh Steinberg showed up to the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa to work on an NFL rookie contract on Thursday. He has negotiated these types of contracts with this NFL team before as a sports agent. His clients with the Indianapolis Colts have included a couple of top draft choices in the past. There was Jeff George, the No. 1 overall pick in 1990, and Duane Bickett, the fifth overall pick in 1985. How times have changed for Steinberg. No longer is he landing first-round players.
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By Leigh Steinberg | June 15, 2013
The New England Patriots have signed quarterback Tim Tebow. They may be the only team in the NFL that can manage the consequences. It has been a long, cold winter for Tebow as he searched for an NFL team to sign with after being cut earlier by the New York Jets. He is a gifted player but there have been no takers. Why? Tebow had a transcendent University of Florida career and won the Heisman Trophy. He was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | June 14, 2013
Irrelevant Week might want to change its name to "A Couple of Irrelevant Days" in Newport Beach. The event that celebrates the last player selected in the NFL Draft seems to get shorter every year. Don't blame the organizers, Paul Salata and his daughter, Melanie Salata-Fitch. If it were up to the Salatas, this year's Mr. Irrelevant, Justice Cunningham, would crash at the family beach house in Newport Beach all summer. Someone has to take care of Salata, right? At 86, Salata-Fitch said her dad just got a new hip a couple of weeks ago. Keep in mind, Cunningham is trying to make it in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, not be a nurse for the man who founded Irrelevant Week in 1976.
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