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Seemingly every year, there’s a story about an NFL player taking a crappy part-time job during the off-season to keep themselves grounded and responsible. For instance, last year, Rams running back Terrance Ganaway worked at a Jimmy John’s to stay out of trouble while football wasn’t going on.

Sure enough, this off-season we have Ravens safety Matt Elam taking a part-time gig working about 20 hours a week at a Finish Line store in a mall in Florida near where he went to college in Gainesville.

Since Elam was a kid, he has wanted to eventually open his own sports merchandise store and saw this as his way to get some first-hand experience.

“I just need to get retail knowledge,” Elam said. “That’s basically what I’m doing. I’m getting that knowledge for when it’s time.”

The extra income is a nice little supplement to his NFL paycheck, but Elam joked that he isn’t even sure how much he makes an hour.

“Everybody was surprised when I started,” he said. “They were like, ‘Why? You got enough money.’ But it’s not about the money. It’s just me building.”

That’s all well and good. Speaking from experience with crappy retail shops, I’m not sure tending to customers and stocking shelves really gives you that much insight into the business end of running your own store, but I suppose it can’t hurt, either. Now be sure to clock out when you take your mandatory 30-minute break, Matt.