When the Rams activated David Vobora from the practice squad last week to start against the Miami Dolphins, he became the first "Mr. Irrelevant" to start a NFL game since 1994, when rookie Marty Moore accomplished the feat for the New England Patriots. The "award" was first given to wide receiver Kelvin Kirk in 1976 when he was selected last by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The "Mr. Irrelevant" concept was created by former USC football standout Paul Salata, and has grown into a week-long celebration in Orange County and reaches its pinnacle when the "winner" is awarded the Lowsman Trophy, fittingly a football player fumbling the ball.
Vobora told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that getting an NFL start has been "a dream come true...this is a good opportunity to get in and contribute."
Vobora first made a name for himself at linebacker for the University of Idaho, where he ranked among the top linebackers in the nation last season with 148 tackles. He ended his college career for the Vandals with 341 total tackles, three sacks and two interceptions. Vobora finished his NFL debut with five tackles, but the Rams came up on the short end, losing to the Dolphins 16-14.
Donruss Trading Card Company has produced the only David Vobora trading card to date. He appeared in the company's 2008 Donruss Gridiron Gear set.