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USC kicker Succop is far from 'irrelevant'

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Ryan Succop will be known as 'Mr. Irrelevant' for the rest of his life.

The former Gamecock kicker earns the title by being the very last pick of this year's NFL Draft.

It is hard for Succop to get the big grin off of his face as he spends time with friends in his Columbia apartment, only hours after his big moment.

"It's an incredible blessing. I have got to thank the Lord just for the way it worked out and to have a chance to play in the NFL," said Succop.

But being Mr. Irrelevant means much more than a shot at the NFL. Each year, the last pick of the draft is flown to California for "Irrelevant Week," a tongue-in-cheek celebration. The winner even gets the appropriately named "Lowsman Trophy," a play on the Heisman Trophy.

"My phone was ringing off the hook with people wanting to talk about Mr. Irrelevant Week and everything that goes with it," said Succop.

Jokes aside, Succop was no Mr. Irrelevant during his time in a Gamecock uniform. He was the team's leading scorer the past three seasons and finishes his career with a 70 percent field goal completion rate. There was little doubt he would get a look in the NFL, but he didn't expect to get drafted.

"At the beginning of the day, we knew that Kansas City had the final pick and they had been in contact with me. It was great," said Succop.

Succop's next step is to go to camp with the Chiefs to try to make the roster.

Reported by Mandy Mitchell

Posted by Jeremy Turnage

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