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.