Veteran safety Abe Elam is a starter for the Kansas City Chiefs,
and also contributes a significant amount of his time to
his charitable organization, Team Elam.
Age: 31
Height/weight: 6-0/207
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.

PERSONAL FILES

Twitter:
@abeelam

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.

Nickname?
Big Play Abe.

Tattoos?
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:
DeMarcus Ware.

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.

Favorite food:
Oxtail.

Favorite movies:
"Columbiana."

What's in your iPod?
Some of everything, Rick Ross, Plies, Young Jeezy, Wale.

Superstitions:
None. Work hard and good things will happen.

Best qualities for a person to have:
Trustworthy, disciplined and a commitment to excellence.

Charitable endeavors:
http://teamelam.org

My hero is:
Anybody who has overcome an adverse situation and turned it into a positive.
Mission Statement

The T.E.A.M. Elam Foundation will provide youth with an opportunity to experience positive influences in business, sports and entertainment; and at the same time respect and preserve the environment. Our goal is to show youth that through determination and perseverance their goals can be accomplished; and there is a second chance for greatness.

About

The T.E.A.M. Elam Foundation was founded in June 2008 as the brain child of NFL Safety and Riviera Beach, Florida native Abram Elam. The organization was formed to help to combat violence and negative influences surrounding youth. As a result T.E.A.M. Elam introduces young people to an array of positive influences, who may leave a lasting impression on a child's life. The goal of the organization is to equip young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in life. An additional goal of T.E.A.M. Elam is to influence everyone to do his or her own part to protect our environment.

In the first year of organization, T.E.A.M. Elam has been able to host "A Day in the Park" where 2,500 youth were able to experience a fun-filled day with food, giveaways, live music and activities for all ages. It also included resources to motivate and educate the community about the importance of collaboration, family involvement and pride.


In 2010 and beyond we hope to continue to host these events and build on our many programs. We can do this with your help and donations. The T.E.A.M. Elam Foundations is a registered 501c3 organization. To read more, go to teamelam.org