Legacy Handoff Irrelevant Week Founder Looks To Pass On NFL InstitutionSHERRI CRUZMonday, February 22, 2010Most know Salata as the founder of Irrelevant Week, acelebration of the final pick in the National Football League’syearly draft.Salata came up with Irrelevant Week and sold then NFLcommissioner Pete Rozelle on the idea 35 years ago. Now every April, Salata goes on national TV to announce thelast NFL draft pick, who is dubbed Mr. Irrelevant.The designation isn’t meant as a slight. The player is called Mr.Irrelevant because it’s irrelevant where he placed in the draft,according to Salata.“There are only a few hundred picked out of thousands. He’sachieved,” said Salata, who wasn’t drafted to start his footballcareer in the now defunct All-America Football Conference butlater was a 10th-round pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers.Salata, who started playing for the San Francisco 49ers andBaltimore Colts, relates to underdogs. He never was the star player, though he had his moments.“I sat on enough benches to understand it’s kind of lonely there,”Salata said.