Ravens safety Matt Elam studies more than just his playbook. According to the team’s website, Elam has returned to the University of Florida this offseason to continue working toward his degree in anthropology.
“It’s just a shift in focus,” Elam told baltimoreravens.com. “I’ll probably just try to leave the football part for a little bit and just focus on school to get my mind right.
“One reason I’m going back is my mom. I promised her I was going to go back. The other thing is that I feel like a degree from Florida is a big-time deal.”
The team’s website also named wide receiver Marlon Brown (Georgia) fullback Kyle Juszczyk (Harvard) linebacker John Simon (Ohio St.), and wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard (Towson) as players that were continuing their education.
Elam said the reality of how brief NFL careers could be had already sunk in.
“I’ve seen this is a business,” Elam said. “In this business, you need a degree because you can be gone the next day.”
Elam's career is off to a promising start, after earning a starting job as a rookie. However, he is also taking steps off the field to protect his future.