Mr. Irrelevant XXVIII, preparing for his second season in the UFL, visits Newport Beach to support Toone, Irrelevant Week.
When Ryan Hoag recently racked up enough airline flight miles to gain a free flight, he knew where he wanted to go: Newport Beach.
Hoag has always looked back on his days as Mr. Irrelevant XXVIII with great fondness.
He has some free time before the season starts with the UFL. He's a wide receiver for the Omaha Nighthawks. Training camp begins Aug. 19.
He called Melanie Salata-Fitch, CEO of Irrelevant Week, and asked if he could be included during Irrelevant Week and support Mr. Irrelevant XXXV Tim Toone, also a wide receiver.
Hoag sat at the celebrity table atop a podium at the All-Star Lowsman Trophy Banquet at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa. He sat next to
It was easy for Hoag to gain a free flight to Orange County. He has logged plenty of miles.
After being drafted No. 262 by the
He answered a few questions during the banquet.
Question: What's it feel like to be back here for Irrelevant Week?
Answer: It's the gift that keeps on giving. They still treat me like I'm the current Mr. Irrelevant. They roll out the red carpet for me. I feel blessed every time I have a chance to hang out with Mel and Paul [Salata], and the current Mr. Irrelevant.
Q: When you think of Irrelevant Week what were some of the highlights for you?
A: First and foremost getting time to spend with my friends and family and the Salata family. Them treating me as wonderful as they do.
I was on the
My year was the first-ever Heisman-Lowsman banquet with Carson Palmer, the first pick, and me the Lowsman, the last pick. There were 1,200 people and I got to speak in front of them. That was a special moment.
Q: How would you describe your experience as a pro football player, playing in the NFL, arena leagues and the UFL?
A: It's truly irrelevant to be honest with you. I played for five NFL teams, three arena teams, one Canadian team, two UFL teams and an NFL Europe team over eight years. It's been quite a ride. I was one of 262 people to be drafted. Granted I was last but there were 10,000 who wanted to get drafted and be in my shoes. That's what I've taken with a grain of salt donning that title and I've enjoyed every minute of it.
Q: What was it like to play with
A: To be able to say that I've played with Jerry Rice and