The Mr. Irrelevant award is given out to the last player taken in the NFL draft. This year's honoree is Cam Quayle, a 6'7", 250-pound tight end from Weber State, who was selected by the Ravens in the 7th round with the 241st pick. Former Mr. Irrelevants include Redskins center Matt Elliott (1992) and Patriots linebacker Marty Moore ('94). The highlight of last week's festivities was a banquet in Quayle's honor, attended by 300 celebrants, in Newport Beach, Calif. That's where we caught up with him.
SI: Tell us about being picked.
Quayle: I thought the draft had been over for a long time when the Ravens called late Sunday afternoon. I was in shock. Coach Ted Marchibroda got on the phone, and I almost said, "Which one of my friends is this?" A few minutes later I called my agent.
SI: What was his reaction?
Quayle: He was laughing. He said, "You were the last one picked, but I think they do something special for that."
SI: Besides the week of parties, and being allowed to go to the front of the lines at Disneyland, what else did you get?
Quayle: I got a trophy from the Irrelevant Club. It looks like the Heisman, except the guy has just dropped the football and has this great look on his face, as if he's saying, "Uh-oh!"
SI: Did you get a lot of bad questions about Dan Quayle?
Quayle: I was told he was in the area, and I guess he almost stopped by. From the first day, every reporter wanted to know if I could spell potato. Each thought the question was original.
SI: Uh, uh...shoot! I forgot my next question. Spelling irrelevant is much harder. I always get the second e and the a mixed up.