NY Jets rookie is living his best life celebrating 'Irrelevant Week'

Irrelevant no more!
Jaylen Key
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NY Jets safety Jaylen Key may have earned the title of "Mr. Irrelevant" after he was selected with the 257th and final pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, but that distinct honor carries a new meaning in recent years.

While the rest of his Jets teammates are at home taking time off before training camp next month, Key and his close family members were flown out to Newport Beach, California this week to participate in an event referred to as "Irrelevant Week."

The festivities include a surf lesson, a trip to Disneyland, jet-skiing, tickets to a Los Angeles Angels game, a banquet, and a host of other celebratory events meant to honor the final pick in each year's NFL Draft.

This year, that individual is Key, who is currently living his best life in southern California. On Thursday, Key received surfing lessons from legendary surfer Pete Townsend, who gave the rookie safety a 5/10 for his efforts — the highest mark ever given to a Mr. Irrelevant recipient.

Below are some other clips of Key enjoying "Irrelevant Week" with his friends and family. Needless to say, it's likely a week that the former Alabama star will never forget.

Jaylen Key is hoping to make the NY Jets roster this summer

Key joins a crowded safety room in New York that also features the likes of Tony Adams, Chuck Clark, Ashtyn Davis, Isaiah Oliver, and Jarrick Bernard-Converse. While he's certainly hoping to follow in the footsteps of the most famous Mr. Irrelevant, Brock Purdy, he first has to earn a spot on the Jets' roster.

That will be no easy task for a player selected with the final pick of the draft. History is on his side, however. Each of the last five Mr. Irrelevant selections has made their team's 53-man roster out of training camp as rookies.

Key's primary competition will be Bernard-Converse and undrafted rookies Jarius Monroe and Al Blades Jr., who are each fighting for that fifth safety spot. That said, there's no guarantee the Jets opt to carry five safeties on their roster.

Key began his career at UAB before transferring to Alabama for his final collegiate season. The 24-year-old earned a starting job in his lone year at Tuscaloosa, playing an important role in the Crimson Tide's SEC Championship-winning defense.

Now, Key is hoping to carve out a role in the NFL with the Jets this summer. Until then, though, he's enjoying life on a beach in Southern California.