Baltimore, MD, United States (4E Sports) – Baltimore Ravens’ Matt Elam is spending his offseason as a part-time sales associate in a mall to learn more about retail.
He works about 20 hours per week, helping customers with shoes and occasionally stocking shelves.
His goal is to open his own sports merchandise store.
“I’m getting that knowledge for when it’s time,” Elam, who applied online to five stores before being hired at Finish Line a month ago, told ESPN.
“Everybody was surprised when I started,” added Elam, who isn’t sure how much he makes per hour.
The mall is a few miles from the University of Florida, where Elam was a first-team All-American. Fans often recognize him at the store and ask to take pictures, which have circulated on social media.
Elam made $3.7 million last season as the 32nd pick in the draft.
He will return to the team in April.