Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop will be known as “Mr. Irrelevant” for the rest of his life. Mandy Mitchell at WISTV caught up with Succop the day after his historical selection.
It’s hard for Succop to get the big grin off his face as he spends time with friends in his Columbia, SC apartment.
“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. My phone was ringing off the hook with people wanting to talk about Mr. Irrelevant Week and everything that goes with it.”
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.
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.”
It’s very cool that Succop has embraced all the hoopla that comes with being “Mr. Irrelevant”. And even though the Chiefs incumbent kicker Connor Barth connected on over 83% of his attempts last season, he never made one over 45 yards. Sucoop has a much bigger leg, so if he can get close to Barth’s 80+% in the pre season he could win the job.