Background and college
Elam was born on October 15, 1981 Cardinal Newman HS (West Palm Beach, FL) was one of four Notre Dame football players charged with sexually assaulting a female student in 2002. He was the only player convicted, receiving an 18-month suspended sentence for sexual battery. He was expelled from Notre Dame and finished his college career at Kent State.
Before the Jets
As a Jet
On September 12, 2007, Elam signed for the Jets. In week 9 of the 2008 season, Elam picked off a pass from Trent Edwards in the red-zone and returned it for a 92-yard interception-return touchdown. In week 15, he struck again against the Bills by forcing a J.P. Losman fumble, which led to a Shaun Ellis touchdown recovery with 1:54 left in the game, giving the Jets a 31-27 lead and eventual win. In two seasons with the Jets, Elam appeared in 29 games, registering 122 tackles, with two sacks and one interception.