Abram Elam
Free Agent
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-10-15) October 15, 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth: West Palm Beach, Florida
High School: West Palm Beach (FL) Newman
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
College: Kent State
Undrafted in 2005
Debuted in 2006 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Tackles     408
Sacks     5.0
INTs     3
Stats at

Abram "Abe" Elam (born October 15, 1981) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent in the National Football League. He played college football at Notre Dame and Kent State.

He has also played for the New York Jets, the Cleveland Browns, and the Dallas Cowboys.

Early yearsEdit

He attended Cardinal Newman High School (West Palm Beach, Florida). He lettered in basketball helping his team win two state titles and was also an all-state selection as a senior playing quarterback and defensive back.

Elam accepted a scholarship to the University of Notre Dame but a felony sexual battery conviction[1] in 2002 got him expelled from the school.

He attended Palm Beach Community College and worked at a dentist's office before receiving a scholarship offer from Kent State University in 2004, where he graduated from in 2005 after playing just one year.

Professional careerEdit

Miami DolphinsEdit

Elam was signed by the Miami Dolphins in 2005 as an undrafted free agent, but was released during training camp.

Dallas Cowboys (first stint)Edit

Dallas Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells signed him as a free agent in 2006, based on a recommendation from Tucker Frederickson who had a son that played at Kent State University. That season he contributed mostly as one of the tackling leaders in the special teams unit.

In 2007 the Cowboys waived him, deciding instead to keep that year's seventh round draft choice (Alan Ball), which was a decision the team would later regret.

New York JetsEdit

In 2007 the New York Jets claimed him based on a recommendation from Bill Parcells and would start 8 games at safety. In 2008 he started 9 games. On April 25, 2009, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns as part of a trade to acquire the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, in order to select Mark Sanchez.

Cleveland BrownsEdit

In Cleveland he was reunited with former New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini and was the Browns starter at safety.

Dallas Cowboys (second stint)Edit

In 2011, after hiring his former Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, the Cowboys signed him to a one year contract as a free agent and named him the starter at safety. The team didn't bring him back after the season because of a lack of production.

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

On June 5th, 2012, Elam signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs.


Since 1987, three of Elam's siblings were shot to death. His older brother, Donald Runner, was fatally shot in 1987. His sister, Christina Elam, was killed in 1999. On May 9, 2008, his older brother Donald Elam was fatally shot; at age 14, Donald Elam was once the youngest person ever indicted for murder in Palm Beach County, though he was later acquitted.[2] On December 1, 2011 Abram's father died, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones let Abram use his private plane to go to Florida to be with his family.


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