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Mister Not Irrelevant

For several years now, the last player selected in the three-day publicity orgy of the NFL draft has been feted as "Mister Irrelevant." He gets special recognition, and prizes, and parties from various snarky organizations. The title, and concept behind it, are both misnomers, as the NFL only allows fewer than 300 collegiate players a year to be "drafted" (32 teams times seven rounds, plus some compensatory picks for teams who lost players to free agency in the previous cycle), whereas there are over 100 Division I colleges each putting dozens of new players into the market each year. So Mister Irrelevant is largely Mister Relative. The last three Messrs. Irrelevant to be drafted are still on NFL rosters, as are several of their predecessors, so it's not the kiss of death it's made out to be.

2014's Mister Irrelevant is a safety from Memphis named Lonnie Ballentine. That's not who I came here to tell you about. Rather, I report the earlier drafting of Michael Sam, the first collegiate football athlete ever to come out as gay before this event. Despite that stigma, and despite the inevitable Westboro Baptist protests, Sam was selected by the St. Louis Rams earlier in the draft's final round.

In time, I hope, it's his orientation that will prove to be Irrelevant- that his accomplishments between the lines will be all that count.

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thanatos_kalos From: thanatos_kalos Date: May 11th, 2014 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Apparently ESPN showed Sam's reaction to being drafted live on air, which included him kissing his boyfriend. :) (They make an adorable couple :).
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