Former USC football standout Paul Salata created the Mr. Irrelevant Award that honors the last player selected in the NFL Draft, has passed away at the age of 94.
Salata played in the NFL and in Canada. According to the Associated Press, Salata passed away one day before his 95th birthday.
Salata played for the Colts and 49ers. After the Colts franchise folded in 1950, he was declared draft-eligible and was subsequently drafted in the tenth round of the 1951 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Although the NFL draft dates to 1936, Salata created the Mr. Irrelevant Award in 1976. Mr. Irrelevant is an honor, and now includes a trip to Disney if you are selected last.
Rest in Peace Paul!