This Quayle knows how to spell potato, although he too found himself to be the butt of jokes Sunday after being the last player selected in the NFL draft.
For years, the final player taken in the draft has been affectionately called "Mr. Irrelevant." The title this year goes to Cam Quayle, a tight end at Weber State, who receives a trip to Disneyland as part of an extended series of events in his honor.Quayle was the 241st player taken. He was selected by the Baltimore Ravens, who entrusted the job to David Modell, the son of team owner Art Modell.
"It underscores my contribution here," Modell said with a laugh.
Former vice president Dan Quayle once brought unwanted attention to himself by spelling potato with an "e" at the end, and Modell jumped on that shortcoming in explaining why he chose Cam.
"I was asking all the guys I was interviewing whether they could spell potato and he was the first one who could. So I took him," Modell said.
Quayle didn't know of his pending fame until Ozzie Newsome called him after the pick was made.
"I thought the draft was already over. We don't get ESPN2 in my area," Quayle said. "Then my agent called me, and he couldn't stop laughing."
Said Modell: "I considered taking a kicker with no vowels in his name, but I wanted to pick a player who could actually make the team."
Quayle does in fact have a decent shot at sticking around. Eric Green starts at tight end for the Ravens, but he is more of a blocker while Quayle has excellent hands - he caught 149 passes for 1,414 yards and 10 touchdowns in four seasons at Weber State.
"Coming from a small school, I'm just excited to get the chance," he said. "If nothing else, I'll be able to tell my grandchildren and friends that I was drafted - even if I was the last one picked."