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Paul Salata’s Obituary, NFL Draft Figure Dies at 94


The former USC, NFL, And CFL End has passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at the age of 94. Paul Salata’s obituary did not reveal his cause of death.

The Newport Beach businessman and philanthropist had been in declining health for several years. His 95th birthday would have been Sunday.

Paul Thomas Salata was born on October 17, 1926, in Los Angeles, California. He was known as a professional football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). He also was the All-America Football Conference (AAFC).

Paul Salata's Obituary, NFL Draft Figure Dies at 94
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Salata was born to a Serbian-born father and second-generation Serbian-American mother. Shortly after his college football days at USC, he played for the AAFC/NFL’s San Francisco 49ers

Paul played for both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Colts before spending a few years playing football in Canada.

The American star scored the 49ers’ final touchdown in the AAFC, as well as the team’s first TD in NFL. Salata also played three final seasons in Canada.

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Paul Salata’s Obituary Doesn’t Reveal Death Cause

Paul Salata’s obituary was confirmed on October 16, 2021, but his cause of death has not been revealed yet. His family also has not released any statement surrounding his death cause at this time.

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Salata became well known for creating the Mr. Irrelevant Award in the NFL Draft. After retiring from football, Paul joined his family’s Southern California construction business.

Paul Salata's Obituary, NFL Draft Figure Dies at 94
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The Professional NFL player has also acted in a number of Hollywood movies. He starred as Tony Minelli in Angels in the Outfield (1951) and appeared in the 1953 film Stalag 17 as a prisoner.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Carolyn, his daughter Melanie Fitch (Edward III), his son Bradley, his granddaughters Marie and Alix Fitch, his brother George and several nieces and nephews. Salata was predeceased by his wife Beverly in 2003.

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Reactions to Paul Salata’s Death

Shortly after the heartbreaking news of Paul Salata’s death was revealed, many friends and fans stated their condolences and paid poignant tributes to the great NFL player.

“Sad news hearing of the passing of Paul Salata. Know affectionately as the founder of Mr. Irrelevant Award, he gave so much back to his community and especially his beloved Trojans of USC. He scored the last TD for 49ers in AAFC and 1st when they joined the NFL RIP. true son of Troy,” Jim Steeg wrote on Twitter.

Paul Salata's Obituary, NFL Draft Figure Dies at 94
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“With tremendous sadness, we announce that legendary Irrelevant Week founder Paul Salata has passed away. Great philanthropist. A wonderful human being. Sweet, loving, caring man. Loved God, family, @irrelevantweek, and @USC_FB. @NFLAlumni. Honored to know him for many years,” Sportswriter Richard Dunn tweeted.

Steve Virgen wrote: “Rest in peace, my friend Paul Salata. So many wonderful memories. Paul was a great man with a big heart and a wonderful sense of humor. His legacy will always live & will always bring a smile to my face. Paul is the creator of Mr. Irrelevant for the last pick of the NFL Draft.”

“Former @49ers receiver Paul Salata died Sat at age 94. The successful biz man first approached Commish Rozelle re Mr. Irrelevant award to honor last player drafted annually. Pete loved humor in idea which included CA parade and dinner in draftee’s honor. R.I.P. @NFLAlumni,” Joe Browne wrote.

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