Toronto Star

Salata, 94, inspired award for last pick

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Paul Salata, who created the Mr. Irrelevant Award that honours the last selection of the NFL draft, died of natural causes in Newport Beach, Calif., — one day before what would have been his 95th birthday. He played in the NFL, CFL and NCAA. The winner of the Salata-inspired award receives the Lowsman Trophy, depicting a player fumbling a football, and a trip to Disneyland among other perks. Salata caught 50 passes over three years with the 49ers, Colts and Steelers from 1949-51. He was also a CFL all-star with the Stampeders in 1952. After his playing days, he appeared in 18 movies, including “Singin’ in the Rain” and “The Ten Commandmen­ts.”

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