On Saturday, the NFL will add another Mister Irrelevant to its ranks. The NFL can be such a cold business, so traditions like Mister Irrelevant, the name given to the very last person drafted, can be quite sweet. Here’s a look at a few of these men who have proven to be anything but irrelevant to their teams.
Drafted by the Chiefs with the last pick in 2009, Succop has put together an 11-season career, successful in 83 percent of his field goals and 96 percent of his extra points. He made history earlier this year, becoming the first Mister Irrelevant to play in a Super Bowl, winning a ring with the Buccaneers.
Picked last by the Bears in 2000, Green played in the NFL for eight seasons, mostly with Chicago. He was a reliable defensive back throughout his career, known for forcing fumbles.
The Patriots picked Moore with the last pick of 1994, and he spent eight years as a linebacker in the NFL. Seven of those seasons were in New England, and he had 173 tackles in his career.
He’s the 2020 Mister Irrelevant, picked by the Giants last season. He’s been included here because in one season as a linebacker in New York, he played in 11 games, started six, and had 57 tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery and a touchdown.
The last man picked in the draft will become the center of a yearly celebration called Irrelevant Week in Newport Beach, Calif. The founder of Irrelevant Week, NFL alum, Paul Salata, explained why he thinks it important to honor the last man selected:
“We established Irrelevant Week to drive home an important message – that it’s not a negative to be picked last in the NFL Draft; rather, it’s an honor to be drafted at all,” says Salata. “The last draft pick’s demonstration of perseverance is a lesson that resonates not only with NFL players and fans but also with people everywhere.”