Mr. Irrelevant Week, featured on ESPN, ends tonight with a charity roast and dinner in Newport Beach celebrating Trey Quinn, the last college football player selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Washington Redskins used the No. 256 pick to select Quinn, a wide receiver from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas and pitcher who threw a no-hitter for his Louisiana team in the 2008 Little League World Series.
Paul Salata, who played for the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Colts, created Mr. Irrelevant festivities in 1976 with a goal of raising money for charities as well as making a point.
“We established Irrelevant Week to drive home an important message: that it’s not negative to be picked last in the NFL Draft; rather, it’s an honor to be drafted at all,” Salata said on the organization’s website. “The Irrelevant Week tradition shares an inspirational story about a champion of perseverance and that’s an important message for today’s society.”
The celebration begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, silent auction of signed sports memorabilia and banquet at the Balboa Bay Resort on Pacific Coast Highway.
Individual tickets cost $200 and can be purchased at www.irrelevantweek.com.
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