Matt Elam

Matt Elam – Bio of an American Football Player.

This post entails everything about Matt Elam, his personal life, high school, College and Professional career.


  • A 2012 First-team All-American and First-team All-SouthEastern Conference holder
  • Safety and Defensive Backs for the Orlando Guardians of XFL

Who is Matt Elam?

Matthew D Elam, also known as Matt Elam. is an American football player. He weighs 94 kg and is 1.78m tall. He began his career as a football player since high school, before he proceeded to college and professional football in Florida.

Matt’s current number is 22 and his position is Safety in the Orlando Guardians of the Exclusive Football League.

Personal Life (Early/recent)

Elam Matt was born on September 21, 1991 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He had his early years, basic and high school education at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The name of his junior high school was William T. Dwyer High School, Palm Beach Gardens.

As a junior student, he played linebacker, defensive back, running back and wide receiver for the school football team, Dwyer Panthers.

He attended Gatorade Senior High School, where he had an outstanding record of 1,883 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns.

Matt was named Gatorade High School Football Player of the Year and Mr. Football for the state of Florida.

Matt Elam

He announced his intentions to play at the University of Florida during the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl games.

Matt Elam has two relatives in the American football space. His elder brother, Abram Elam was a National Football League (NFL) safety and Kaiir Elam his Nephew is a NFL cornerback.

College Career

Matt Elam got an Athletic scholarship to study at the University of Florida late 2010.

Between 2010 and 2012, he played with Florida Gators football team, which was coached by Urban Meyer and Will Muschamp.

As a freshman, he played in all 13 games and had a notable record of 22 tackles.

In his sophomore year, during the 2011 season, he recorded 78 tackles, two interceptions and two quarterback sacks. 

As a junior in 2012, he was named a first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News and

Matt was also named a second-team selection by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection

He finished college as a semifinalist for both the Thorpe Award and Bednarik Award.

Professional Career 

Matt Elam began his professional career in 2013. The first team he played for was Baltimore Ravens.

The Baltimore Ravens chose him in the 32nd overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.

He had a successful beginner season, but the following year wasn’t so smooth as Elam began to struggle.

On August 31, 2015 he was placed on injured reserve and he couldn’t play in the 2015 NFL season because of a torn bicep.

In 2016, the Ravens did not take up the optional fifth year of Elam’s contract. 

Later in the year, he was placed on injured reserve again and on November 5 he was deactivated from injured reserve.

Due to his inconsistent performance, the Ravens decided to drop the final year of his rookie contract.

On February 26, 2017, the Baltimore Ravens announced their plans to move into the 2017 season without Matt Elam.

Matt Elam

The following year, he enrolled in the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ training roster on July 2, 2018. He was promoted to the active roster on July 24.

On November 7, 2018, Matt was suspended and six months later, he was released to take part in active games.

During the open phase of the 2020 XFL Draft, Matt was selected by the DC Defenders, but on March 3, 2020 the team let him go. 

A year later, Matt Elam signed with the Tucson Sugar Skulls of the Indoor Football League on March 13, 2021

On January 26, 2022, the Edmonton Elks signed Matt Elam, but shortly after, he was waived on June 27.

Before the commencement of the 2023 season, the Orlando Guardians of XFL selected him as one of their players for the season.

Matt Elam is currently a football safety. He plays, Defensive Backs for the Orlando Guardians.


Matt Elam was arrested a few times in 2017. At first, he was arrested for possession of illegal and controlled substances. Months later, the charges were dropped.

Secondly, he was arrested for misdemeanor battery and theft, this case was also dropped due to insufficient evidence.

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