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Cheta Ozougwu #38 of Rice participates in a drill during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Cheta Ozougwu #38 of Rice participates in a drill during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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NEWPORT BEACH (CBS) — This week, it’s all about the little guy — who just happens to clock in at 6-foot-2 and 247 pounds.

Meet Cheta Ozougwu,  a rookie linebacker for the Houston Texans who will be the guest of honor at this year’s 36th annual Irrelevant Week in Newport Beach.

The four-day series of events honoring the last player chosen in the NFL draft will kickoff on Monday with an arrival beach party at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina.

Proceeds from Irrelevant Week events will benefit the Santa Ana-based Goodwill Fitness Center, Orange County’s only fitness center designed specifically for people with a physical disability or chronic illness.

Ozougwu will visit the center on Wednesday after making his first visit to Disneyland on Tuesday.

Ozougwu will be presented with the Lowsman Trophy, which depicts a player fumbling a football, and roasted at the All-Star Lowsman Trophy Banquet Wednesday night at the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel and Spa.

Speakers at the banquet will include former USC and Los Angeles Rams coach John Robinson, Pro Football Hall of Fame members Ron Mix and Ron Yary, and two-time Olympic gold medal-winning diver Sammy Lee.

Irrelevant Week will conclude Thursday with a waterfront barbecue and regatta at the Balboa Yacht Club. Ozougwu will board one of the approximately 25 boats in the race around Newport Harbor.

Ozougwu said that about two weeks before the April 28-30 draft a college teammate told him about Irrelevant Week.

“I had no idea it’d be me, but I’m definitely thankful for it,” said Ozougwu, a son of immigrants from Nigeria.

Irrelevant Week founder Paul Salata, who played end for USC and three NFL teams, said he conceived the event after noticing “how people going to halls of fame always thanked the little guy who helped them along the way, but nobody ever honors them. So I got to thinking, who’s the ultimate underdog? It’s the last guy picked in the NFL draft.”

Visit the official Irrelevant Week website for more info.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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