Saturday, April 27, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS — Justice Cunningham was so irrelevant Saturday the announcer initially uttered the wrong name.
No, it’s not Justice Hamilton. It’s Justice Cunningham.
Indianapolis selected the 6-foot-4, 264-pound tight end from South Carolina with the 254th and final pick in the NFL draft Saturday. Cunningham will be honored with a trip to Disneyland and the Irrelevant Week Parade in Newport Beach, Calif., this summer.
“I most definitely did hear it, and I’ll remember it,” Cunningham said jokingly moments after being the last player chosen on draft weekend.
For most of final four rounds, Cunningham sat and wondered when — or if — he would get picked.
And as the picks wound down, he was resigned to having to start his professional football career as an undrafted free agent. Then, out of nowhere, the phone rang.
“They called at the last minute,” Cunningham said, referring to the Colts.
What Indy gets is a 6-foot-4, 264-pound tight end who became an NFL prospect because of his blocking ability. In four seasons, he caught just 49 passes for 544 yards and one TD. Nearly half of those catches (22) during his final season in Columbia, S.C.