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Chandler Harnish heads to California for Irrelevant Week

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Andrew Luck got plenty of attention in the weeks before and after the NFL draft. Now it’s time for Luck’s rookie backup to get his week in the sun.

Chandler Harnish, the former Northern Illinois quarterback who became Mr. Irrelevant when the Colts chose him with the final pick in the draft, will be honored over the next few days in Newport Beach, California, for the 37th annual Irrelevant Week. Harnish will visit Disneyland, make media appearances and be awarded the Lowsman Trophy (get it?), which goes each year to the last player selected in the draft.

Harnish said he’s excited about the chance to be the center of attention, which isn’t common for a seventh-round pick who’s projected as, at best, a career backup.

“The name ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ kind of puts a negative spin on it at times, but for me, it’s going to be a great experience,” Harnish told the Journal-Gazette. “There are not many opportunities in your lifetime you get to experience something like this.”

And there aren’t any honors in sports quite like becoming Mr. Irrelevant.

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8 Responses to “Chandler Harnish heads to California for Irrelevant Week”
  1. citizenstrange says: Jul 1, 2012 4:18 PM

    Newport Beach is a FANTASTIC place!

    Have a GREAT time Chandler!

  2. millerhour says: Jul 1, 2012 4:22 PM

    I’m wondering if he got to spend that night with that girl who made the youtube video…

  3. terrellblowens says: Jul 1, 2012 4:54 PM

    I’d rather go undrafted than be Mr. Irrelevant. The nickname itself is insulting. If my title was basically “the guy who is never going to achieve anything” I’d be pissed. So I can’t really grasp why this guy is happy about this but whatever

  4. peytonsneck18 says: Jul 1, 2012 5:18 PM

    didnt IRG3 win the Lowsman trophey too!!!!

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 1, 2012 5:43 PM

    But did he bop the Twitter bimbo? That is what everyone wants to know.

  6. lewsblues says: Jul 1, 2012 6:39 PM

    first or last, it is an honor to be drafted … hope he has a great time with it …

  7. cleverbob says: Jul 1, 2012 8:12 PM

    Being drafted at all is an honor in itself, but those Newport Beach guys aren’t laughing with you, Chandler…

  8. polapea says: Jul 1, 2012 10:26 PM

    terrellblowens says: Jul 1, 2012 4:54 PM

    I’d rather go undrafted than be Mr. Irrelevant
    ————–

    Undrafted = no signing bonus

    Harnish = 45k signing bonus.

    You do the math.

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