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Call him "Mr. Irrelevant"
Go ahead. Call him Mr. Irrelevant. Ramzee Robinson doesn't mind. The Lions cornerback didn't like being the 255th -- and last pick -- in the NFL draft. But for being the last pick, he was flown to southern California and feted for five days. He was showered with gifts. He went to Disneyland. He dragged the infield during an Angels game. He was honored at a fancy banquet. And much more. "At first, just hearing it, I didn't know enough about it," Robinson said. "But once it was explained to me, and I actually read up on it a little bit and had a better feel for it, I was like, 'You know what? I definitely need to do that and make sure I go out there and take advantage of it.' "Because I can't really say you get that type of attention and that type of treatment, man, for being last. I'm like, 'Hey, I'm all for it.'" A group of people in Newport Beach, Calif., have been throwing a party for the last pick since 1976. Why? Well, why not? They say it's a celebration of the underdog. They say it's about doing something nice for someone for no reason (though it raises money for charity). They call it Irrelevant Week, and they call the last pick Mr. Irrelevant. They present him with their answer to the Heisman Trophy -- the Lowsman Trophy, a statue of a player dropping a ball with an open-mouthed, oh-no look on his face. When Robinson first saw a picture of the Lowsman, he laughed. He has a sense of humor about it. He's happy he wasn't the 254th pick. "Oh, yes," Robinson said, laughing. "Exactly. If I had a choice, I would rather be 255." QUOTE TO NOTE: "I honestly feel like in the end it's going to be a great story in my career, just the way I pursue the game. It's just another thing where I feel like one day down the road I can look back and say I was the last guy picked and still made it. That's my ultimate dream." -- Lions CB Ramzee Robinson, on being Mr. Irrelevant, the last pick of the NFL draft.
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