Toronto Star

Salata, 94, inspired award for last pick


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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