NFL players do not need an offseason job these days, especially former first round picks. But that is just want Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam is doing.
Elam is your NFL player doing a regular person job. (Oh I hate that line)
When the season was over Elam figured it was time to go into retail. Elam was hired to work at a Finish Line mall in Gainesville, FL.
“I just need to get retail knowledge,” Elam told the Ravens website. “That’s basically what I’m doing. I’m getting that knowledge for when it’s time.”
Elam is working 20 hours a week on the floor and stocking shelves in the back.
“Everybody was surprised when I started,” he said. “They were like, ‘Why? You got enough money.’ But it’s not about the money. It’s just me building.”
And how is Elam in pushing merchandise?
“I didn’t realize there was so much organization, so much planning. I didn’t realize there was so much to it,” Elam said. “I just thought you’d say you want a shoe, so then you’d go back and grab a shoe. There’s way more to it. You have number coding. You have color coding, all of that. I just realized that there’s more to it than I thought.”
Elam is also taking classes at the University of Florida to finish his degree. Makes you really wonder what you are doing with all your time. Fortunately Elam does not need to do that on his regular person job pay.