Baltimore Ravens’ Matt Elam Working Part Time At Mall [Details]

Rucuss staffFebruary 27, 2014

Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam is working at a shoe store during the offseason.

And it not a publicity stunt either. The former first-round pick out of Florida decided to work at Finish Line shoe store at a Gainesville mall to learn the ropes of the business.

Elam said it has always been his dream to open his own sports merchandise store. So what better way to gain experience than working at Finish Line. ,

“I just need to get retail knowledge,” Elam told BaltimoreRavens.com. “That’s basically what I’m doing. I’m getting that knowledge for when it’s time. Everybody was surprised when I started. They were like, ‘Why? You got enough money.’ But it’s not about the money. It’s just me building.”

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Elam admitted he doesn’t know how much he makes an hour. But he works about 20 hours per week as a sales associate on the floor. He occasionally stocking shelves in the back.

“I didn’t realize there was so much organization, so much planning,” Elam said. “I didn’t realize there was so much to it. 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 using this opportunity to help him stay focused and not overspend his money. He’s heard plenty of stories of athletes who have squandered their money. He doesn’t want to be one of those statistics.

“I know you can’t do football forever,” Elam said. “I’m going to use it to benefit me when I’m doing so that my kids won’t have to worry about this. I take a lot of pride in that because I feel like a lot of kids are blind to this, and don’t have these opportunities, and don’t have the knowledge. I hope I can open a lot of their eyes.”

Photos via SportsIllustrated.com and CBSBaltimore.com

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