Salata, Paul

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Salata, Paul Gender: M
Paul Thomas Salata
born on 17 October 1926 at 20:00 (= 8:00 PM )
Place Belvedere (Los Angeles County), California, 34n02, 118w10
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 24°01' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 11°22 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 15°20'

Paul Salata (1950 Bowman football card)


American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL), the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and Canadian Football League (CFL). After his college football days at USC, Salata played for the AAFC/NFL's San Francisco 49ers (1949–1950) and the AAFC's Baltimore Colts (1950). He also played three final seasons in Canada; with the CFL's Calgary Stampeders (1952), where he was an all-star, and with the Ottawa Rough Riders (1953).

In later years, Salata became known for creating the Mr. Irrelevant Award in the NFL Draft, awarded annually to the last overall pick in the year's draft. After retiring from football, he joined his family's Southern California construction business. He has also acted in a number of Hollywood movies. He played Tony Minelli in Angels in the Outfield (1951) and appeared, uncredited, in the 1953 film Stalag 17 as a prisoner.

Salata died in Newport Beach, California on 16 October 2021, one day before his 95th birthday.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Wagner, Lowell (born 21 August 1923). Notes: San Francisco 49ers teammates, 1949-1950


  • Work : Prize 1952 (CFL All-Star)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate, copy on file.


  • Traits : Body : Size (Height: 6 ft 2 in/ 1.88 m)
  • Traits : Body : Weight (191 lb/ 87 kg)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (USA to Canada)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 94)
  • Vocation : Building Trades : Construction work
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Sports : Football (American football wide receiver)
  • Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (CFL All-Star)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Mr. Irrelevant Award)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (NFL player, 1949-1950)