In this year’s NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Coltsended up with the very first overall pick, which obviously became quarterback Andrew Luck. Oddly enough, the Colts also found themselves with the very last pick in the draft as well, which resulted in the not-so-flashy pick up of another quarterback. Chandler Harnish, a quarterback from Northern Illinois University, was selected by the Colts with the last pick in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Harnish, the 253rd overall pick, may have a few years of clipboard-holding ahead of him. Still, he should feel more promising about how he could help this young team, (and his number one overall draft pick teammate) rather than feeling downtrodden, as though he was the kid picked last to play dodge ball at recess. In fact, Chandler Harnish has a very exciting week ahead of him to start off July.
With the title of “Mr. Irrelevant” given to him as the last pick in the NFL Draft, Harnish finds himself in a mild media storm of accolades and free publicity. On Monday, Harnish departed to California to embark upon “Irrelevant Week” in Orange County, where he will be the star of the show at several events. The Colts’ new back up quarterback flew to Newport Beach for a week of celebration in his honor, where he will even receive the Lowsman Trophy, which is offered to the last draft pick. Harnish will also enjoy other audacious amenities, which include being the guest of honor at a banquet, and a trip to Disneyland. Colts owner Jim Irsay even donated $10,000 on behalf on “Irrelevant Week“, becoming the first NFL owner to do so.
So, after all is said and done, being the person picked last isn’t so bad after all. Chandler Harnish, who has a good chance at making the roster as Luck’s back up, is a busy man. Harnish might need a vacation after his vacation, because training camp is coming up later this month.