Baltimore Ravens Safety Matt Elam has gotten himself an offseason job. He is working at Finish Line. Before you think this is some sort of weird endorsement thing or a PR stunt like the guys making Subway, read Elam’s very good explanation of why he is doing this:
“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.”
“I didn’t realize there was so much organization, so much planning,” he 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 also talked about how he wants open his own sports merchandise store so this is all part of his plan. I am really impressed by this actually. These are exactly the types of moves players should be making in the offseason. Good for him for having a plan for life after football as well.