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By The Sports Xchange February 27, 2014 12:02 PM
A first-round draft pick in 2013, Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam has a full-time job that paid him $3.7 million as a rookie. But starting Thursday, he was hard at work at the Finish Line sports apparel store as a part-time employee in their Gainesville, Fla., mall location. "I just need to get retail knowledge," said Elam in an interview with the Ravens' team website. "I'm getting that knowledge for when it's time." Elam said he filled out five online applications in January and heard from Finish Line, who was surprised the former Florida Gator was in the hourly rate job market. "Everybody was surprised when I started," said Elam, the 32nd overall pick in last year's draft. "They were like, 'Why? You got enough money.' But it's not about the money. It's just me building." Elam said he wasn't sure what his hourly pay is and the former college All-American built in plenty of time to work out on his old campus a few miles away. Elam helped the Ravens replace their starting Super Bowl safety tandem of Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard, posting 74 tackles, good for fourth on the team in 2013.