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NFL MVP Brian Sipe among Cleveland Browns late-round draft finds

There was Captain Kirk, whose reputation spans the star dates. Then there was Kelvin Kirk, the Steelers draft pick who found a world where no man had gone before.

Kelvin Kirk is the ultimate “Mr. Irrelevant,” the ornery title bestowed on the last player chosen in each draft.

A wide receiver from Dayton, Kirk went to Pittsburgh with the 487th selection of the 1976 draft. It was the most picks ever in a draft. He was the first “Mr. Irrelevant.” 

A former actor and football player named Paul Salata dreamed up the “award” in advance of the 1976 draft. Most football fans had heard of the early picks, among them Mike Pruitt, who went to the Browns, and a couple of Ohio State guys, Archie Griffin and Tim Fox.

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