NFL Draft's Final Pick Kicks Off Irrelevant Week

Irrelevant Week, which honors the last player chosen in the NFL draft and raises funds for Orange County charities, begins Monday in Newport Beach with kicker Ryan Succop receiving the traditional "shower of gifts."

On Tuesday, Succop will visit Disneyland and drag the infield at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim game at Angel Stadium.

The All-Star Lowsman Trophy Banquet will be held Wednesday, when Succop will be roasted by Pro Football Hall of Fame member Ron Yary, former Los Angeles Raiders coach Tom Flores and former Los Angeles Police Department Chief Daryl Gates.

Irrelevant Week will conclude Thursday with a "Succop the Surf" beach party, including a surfing exhibition featuring paraplegic and quadriplegic surfers and a volleyball match with the UC Irvine women's team, followed by a sendoff party.

Succop, who attended the University of South Carolina, earned the title of Mr. Irrelevant April 26 when the Kansas City Chiefs made him 256th and final player chosen in the draft.

"I'm excited about the whole thing," said Succop, who will be accompanied by 12 relatives and friends during Irrelevant Week. "Everything sounds like it's going to be a blast."

Irrelevant Week, which has been held since 1976, has raised more than $1 million for Orange County charities, according to organizers.

Two charities will be first-time beneficiaries of this year's Irrelevant Week. Wheels 2 Water helps people with spinal cord injuries learn to surf and scuba dive. Serving People In Need helps struggling families and individuals
find permanent housing and offers offers meals assistance.

Irrelevant Week founder Paul Salata said he conceived the event after noticing "how people going to Halls of Fame always thanked the little guy who helped them along the way, but nobody ever honors them. So I got to thinking,
who's the ultimate underdog? It's the last guy picked in the NFL draft."

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