2014: Lonnie Ballentine (born April 23, 1993) is an American football safety for the Houston Texans. He played college football at University of Memphis. Ballentine was drafted by the Texans with the final pick of the seventh and final round (256th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Lonnie and his wife, Brittany, have two daughters. …
2013: Justice Cunningham (born January 14, 1991) is an American football tight end for the Indianapolis Colts. He played college football at the University of South Carolina. In the 2013 NFL Draft, he was the 254th and last player to be drafted. Cunningham was the second consecutive Mr. Irrelevant for the Indianapolis Colts, who chose Chandler Harnish as the last pick of 2012 NFL Draft.
2012: Chandler Harnish (born July 28, 1988), selected 253rd overall by the Indianapolis Colts, is currently a quarterback for the Colts. Harnish played college football for Northern Illinois University, where he was the Huskies’ starting quarterback for four years.
2011: Chetachi “Cheta” Ozougwu (born November 18, 1988) is a defensive end for the Chicago Bears. Ozougwu graduated from Alief Taylor High School. He played college football at Rice while amassing 197 total tackles and 11 sacks. He was drafted by the Houston Texans. On April 11, 2012, Ozougwu signed with the Bears.
2010: Timothy Lee “Tim” Toone (born Feb. 14, 1985) played two years at Weber State as a wide receiver after serving a two-year mission to West Africa for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was drafted by the Lions with the final pick of the 2010 NFL Draft and made the team. …
2009: Ryan Succop was the 256th player taken in the draft in April 2009 when the Kansas City Chiefs selected Succop, a kicker from the University of South Carolina. Succop finished his rookie season tying an NFL record for highest field goal percentage by a rookie in a season with 86.2%. He also passed NFL …
2008: David Vobora, a linebacker out of the University of Idaho, was the 252th pick in the drafted, selected by St. Louis Rams. Vobora became the first Mr. Irrelevant to make the roster of the team that drafted him in the 2000s. When Vobora made his first career start at linebacker in the game against …
2007: Ramzee Robinson, a cornerback who played by Alabama, was drafted by the Detroit Lions with the last pick of the 2007 NFL Draft (255th overall). On June 29, 2007, Robinson signed a three-year contract with the Lions. However, on Sept. 1, 2007, he was cut by the Lions and assigned to the practice squad. …
2006: Kevin McMahan, a wide receiver out of the University of Maine, was picked #255 by Oakland Raiders. McMahon was cut by the Raiders during training camp. In 2007, McMahan was with the New York Giants. He led all Giants receivers in the final 2007 preseason game against the New England Patriots on Aug. 30 …
2005: Andy Stokes, a tight end out of William Penn University, was chosen by New England Patriots as the 255th pick of the NFL draft. In his senior year at Penn, Stokes was awarded third-team NAIA All-America and first-team All-MSFA honors. He finished second on the team with a career-high 42 receptions for 753 yards …
2004: Andre Sommersell, an outside linebacker at Colorado State University, was picked #255 by the Oakland Raiders. He was cut by the Raiders and landed on the Baltimore Colts’ roster in 2005. Sommersell played for the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL in 2006 and was released by the Eskimos on March 30, 2007. In early …
2003: Ryan Hoag, a wide receiver out of Gustavus Adolphus College, was the #262 pick by the Oakland Raiders. At Gustavus, Hoag had 144 receptions for 2,232 yards (15.5 average) and 29 touchdowns. He was the only Gustavus player with over 2,000 career receiving yards. In addition to playing on the Raiders practice squad, Hoag …
2002: Ahmad Miller, defensive tackle out of the University of Nevada Las Vegas was selected #246 by Houston Texans. He was cut prior to the Texans’ final preseason game. He then signed on to the New York Giants practice squad. He signed with the Cleveland Browns in August 2012 but was subsequently cut from the …
2001: Tevita Ofahengaue, a tight end out of Brigham Young University, was picked #246 by Arizona Cardinals. He was released from Arizona and picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars. When told he could bring his family to Irrelevant Week, he showed up with 60 family members from his native Tonga. Now the “Tevita” rule allows …
2000: Michael Green, a defensive back out of Northwestern State (Louisana) University, was the #254 by Chicago Bears. He made the roster, played in seven games, and recorded three tackles in 2000. In 2001, Green played in all 16 games, starting in two, and registered three sacks. Green has also played for the Seattle Seahawks …
1999: Jim Finn, a running back out of the University of Pennsylvania, was selected #253 by Chicago Bears. At Penn, He holds school records for most rushing attempts, rushing yards, and touchdowns in a game. He was waived by the Bears at the end of training camp in 1999 and spent a month on Bears’ …
1998: Cam Quayle, a tight end out of Weber State, was picked #241 by Baltimore Ravens. During his week as Mr. Irrelevant, Quayle became the first IW honoree to drag the infield at a major league baseball game. He played professionally for the Barcelona Dragons in NFL Europe. Quayle is currently a Pediatric Dentist in …
1997: Ronnie McAda, a quarterback from the United States Military Academy, was picked #240 by Green Bay Packers. In his senior year at Army, McAda passed for a career high of 954 yards and set a team record for single season completion percentage at the time with 63.2%. In the game against Navy, McAda rushed …
1996: Sam Manuel, a linebacker out of New Mexico State, was selected #254 by San Francisco 49ers. Along with his twin brother Sandor, Sam Manuel was taken in the seventh round by the 49ers, which virtually made them co-Mr. Irrelevants. Manuel serves as a minister at the Bay Area Christian Church, Santa Clara County. Sam …
1995: Mike Reed, a defensive back from Boston University, was the #249 by Carolina Panthers. Reed was reluctant to make the trip to Irrelevant Week until then-Panther teammate Matt Elliott (Mr. Irrelevant 1992) told him what it was like to live and party for a week in Newport Beach. Reed made the Panthers roster and …
1994: Marty Moore, a linebacker from the University of Kentucky, was the 222nd by New England Patriots. He’s been one of the most relevant Mr. Irrelevants in history. Moore played for eight seasons for the New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns. Moore also holds the distinction of being the first Mr. Irrelevant ever to play …
1993: Daron Alcorn, a kicker and punter from Akron University, was the 224th pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was the dawn of the short draft as the NFL reduced its college player lottery to eight rounds. Alcorn was cut by the Tampa Bay and later played for the Frankfurt Galaxy in the World League.
1992: Matt Elliott, a center from University of Michigan, was selected #336 by Washington Redskins. As a Wolverine, he played all three interior offensive line positions for the University of Michigan, starting 35 games for the Wolverines during his college career. He was named the co-MVP of the January 1991 Gator Bowl at the conclusion …
1991: Larry Wanke, a quarterback from John Carroll College, was picked #334 by New York Giants. Being a quarterback at athletic powerhouse John Carroll University made Larry Wanke a perfect Mr. Irrelevant. After the Giants cut him in training camp, Wanke founded Wanke Realty in Ohio. He and his wife have two children.
1990: Demetrius Davis, tight end from the University of Nevada, was selected #331 by Los Angeles Raiders. Davis played for the Raiders and later joined the World League, playing five seasons in Barcelona. Davis passed away in December 2012 after suffering a heart attack.
1989: Everett Ross, a wide receiver from Ohio State, was picked #335 by Minnesota Vikings. He was the first Big Ten Mr. Irrelevant. Ross was cut in camp, but later joined the U.S. Army. He retired from the military in 1995.
1988: Jeff Beathard, a running back from Southern Oregon State University, was selected #333 by Los Angeles Rams. The son of then-Chargers GM Bobby Beathard and nephew of ex-NFL quarterback Pete Beathard, Jeff, despite his DNA, was cut quickly by the Rams. He ended up on the Rams scouting staff after a stint in Canada.
1987: Norman Jefferson, a defensive back out of Louisiana State University, was picked #335 by Green Bay Packers. Jefferson played two years for the Packers and then returned to school to finish his degree. He later spent two seasons in the CFL with the B.C. Lions.
1986: Mike Travis, a Georgia Tech safety, was selected #333 by San Diego Chargers, who cut him before the season. Travis enjoyed Irrelevant Week so much that came back to Newport Beach for part of that summer and again the following year for Irrelevant Week.
1985: Donald Chumley, a tackle from the University of Georgia, was taken #336 by San Francisco 49ers. Chumley made it to the end of training camp before hearing that fateful knock on his dormitory door, but ended up playing for the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL. Chumley is currently the Athletic Director/ Head Football Coach …
1984: Randy Essington, a quarterback from the University of Colorado, was selected #335 by Oakland Raiders, who cut him before the season. Essington is currently a general contractor in Chino Hills, California. His son, Kyle, is a Division 1 Quarterback at Stony Brook University and is draft-eligible in 2013.
1983: John Tuggle, a running back from University of California, Berkeley, was picked #335 by New York Giants. The consummate, courageous underdog, Tuggle was the first Mr. Irrelevant to survive training camp and make the team that picked him in the draft. The New York Giants took this unflashy running back from Cal with their …
1982: Tim Washington, defensive back from Fresno State University, was picked #334 by San Francisco 49ers. The first Mr. Irrelevant to represent a California college, Washington was cut in training camp, re-signed and then cut again. He eventually joined his brother, Anthony (a defensive back with the Washington Redskins) in the NFL while playing a …
1981: Phil Nelson, a tight end from the University of Delaware, was selected #332 by Oakland Raiders, who cut him in training camp.
1980: Kevin Scanlon, a quarterback from University of Arkansas, was the second Mr. Irrelevant of 1980. Tyrone McGriff, the last selection of the NFL draft, opted for the Canadian Football League, and runner-up Kevin Scanlon became Mr. Irrelevant V. Scanlon picked next-to-last by the Los Angeles Rams was released before the regular season. Scanlon is …
1980: Tyrone McGriff, outside linebacker from Florida A&M, was selected #333 by Pittsburgh Steelers. He was the only final pick to decide not to attend Irrelevant Week. He played three years in Pittsburgh and came to Irrelevant Week in 1981 as Phil Nelson’s bodyguard. McGriff remained a friend of Irrelevant Week through the years and …
1979: Mike Almond, a wide receiver from Northwestern (Louisana) State University, was picked #334 by Pittsburgh Steelers. Almond became the first recipient of the Lowsman Trophy. He was cut by the Steelers in training camp. Almond currently lives in Florida with his wife and daughter.
1978: Bill Kenney, a quarterback from Northern Colorado University, was selected #333 by Miami Dolphins. Kenney earned being Mr. Irrelevant as the second-to-last selection when the last player taken suffered a back injury and failed to report to camp. Kenney was cut from the Dolphins at the end of training camp, but he had more …
1978: Lee Washburn, an offensive guard from Montana State University, was picked #334 by Dallas Cowboys, who cut him in training camp.
1977: Jim Kelleher, a fullback from the University of Colorado, was selected #335 by Minnesota Vikings. He was cut in training camp, but came back many times to help with Irrelevant Week festivities. He lives in Boulder, Colo., and owns Tops of Rockies, an advertising specialty and import company.
1976: Kelvin Kirk, a wide receiver for the University of Dayton, was picked #487 by Pittsburgh Steelers in the 17th round. A wingback from the University of Dayton, Kelvin Kirk appropriately kicked off the first Irrelevant Week by missing his plane to California. A substitute Kelvin Kirk participated in the official welcoming ceremonies and motorcade …