Born: 10/15/1981 Riviera Beach, Fla.
Resides: Riviera Beach, Florida and Florham Park, N.J.
College: Kent State, graduated with degree in marketing
College Stats: Started all 11 games and had 64 tackles and three INT and four PD and also averaged 9.2 yards on 16 PR as senior at Kent State in 2004.
Drafted: Undrafted. Signed as free agent by Miami in 2005. Signed by Dallas in 2006. Signed by Jets on
Sept. 12, 2007.
NFL Experience: 6th season.
NFL Stats: 2010: 16 games, led Browns with 79 tackles and had two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 10 passes defended. 2009: 16 games, 91 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery. 2008: 16 games, 69 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception, 1 touchdown (92-yard return in 26-17 win vs. Buffalo, Nov. 2), 3 forced fumbles.
Family: Younger brother, Matthew Elam, defensive back for University of Florida, on Twitter @Dopest_Hitter22.
Funniest training camp prank?
Brett Favre killed a goose and put it in a bag in front of Eric Barton's locker when I was with the Jets.
Big Play Abe.
I have 2. A picture of my sister, who I lost in 1999, on my shoulder and a motivational phrase in Chinese
letters on my neck.
Best WR I've faced:
Anquan Boldin is a fierce competitor. Desean Jackson is explosive, quick and fast. Calvin Johnson has a rare blend of size and speed. Larry Fitzgerald has the best hands on the game.
Best defensive player I've played with:
My biggest hits:
When I was with Dallas, we played the Texans and I was on special teams. I caught a guy on the kickoff and laid him out. The crowd went crazy and he just stayed there on the ground. Also I put a good hit on Justin Fargas of Oakland last year, and in 2007 I hit DeDe Dorsey of the Bengals so hard you could see paint chips fly off our helmets.
My best play (so far):
The 92-yard interception return for a touchdown I had in Buffalo with the Jets. Or the strip sack I had against Buffalo at home that helped us win that game, same year.
Closest friends in football:
Tony Fisher from Notre Dame and Green Bay. From my time with the Jets, David Clowney, Drew Coleman and Kareem Brown. Anquan Boldin and Devin Hester are childhood friends.
What's in your iPod?
Some of everything, Rick Ross, Plies, Young Jeezy, Wale.
None. Work hard and good things will happen.
Best qualities for a person to have:
Trustworthy, disciplined and a commitment to excellence.
My hero is:
Anybody who has overcome an adverse situation and turned it into a positive.