Cowboys Sign Safety

Looking for additional help at safety, the Dallas Cowboys signed a talented, but controversial defensive back Saturday.

Looking for additional help at safety, the Dallas Cowboys signed, the Dallas Cowboys signed safety Abram Elam Saturday.

Elam is a former player at Notre Dame who transfered to Kent after being convicted of felony sexual battery in 2003.

He received an 18-month suspended sentence and two years probation for the felony. He was the only one of the four former Notre Dame players convicted of any crime surrounding the incident.

Elam most recently spent time with the Miami Dolphins (2005) but was cut before the start of training camp.

Abram Elam Bio
SENIOR (Kent): Named one of five team captains and captured most valuable defensive back award for his first and only year at Kent. Recorded three interceptions on the year and also returned 16 punts for 147 yards.

SOPHOMORE (Notre Dame): Reserve safety for Irish in 2001. . . made 160 special teams appearances in 11 games combined. . .forced fumble and recorded career-high five tackles vs. Michigan State…recorded first interception of his career vs. Pittsburgh which was also Notre Dame's first interception of the season…made first career fumble recovery vs. Pittsburgh, sparking a 99-yard Irish scoring drive. . .tied career high with five tackles vs. West Virginia…recorded a sack, an interception, broke up another pass attempt, and forced a fumble vs. USC. . . made one tackle and had a pass deflection vs. Boston College. . .had two tackles vs. Tennessee…tied career high with five tackles vs. Navy…recorded four tackles vs. Stanford…broke up two passes vs. Purdue.

FRESHMAN (Notre Dame): Did not see game action as rookie safety after switching from quarterback to defensive back during two-a-day drills in August.

HIGH SCHOOL: Played quarterback as well as defense in '99, making 23 tackles on defensive side . . . threw for 1,087 yards and 12 touchdowns as senior in '99, while also rushing for 542 yards and 11 TDs . . . named first-team all-state in class 2A. . . also named first-team All-Gridiron by the Sunshine Channel. . . was the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel Offensive Player of the Year . . . won the Lou Groza Outstanding High School Player of the Year Award for Palm Beach County . . . named amateur athlete of the year by the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame . . . named one of Florida's top 35 all-star players last season. . . most valuable player and team captain his junior and senior seasons. . . played in the annual Florida/Georgia and Florida/California football all-star games. . .offensive player of the yearheaded into senior campaign having rushed for 1,427 yards and 21 TDs while throwing for 1,438 yards and 15 TDs and also making 100 tackles and five interceptions . . . helped Cardinal Newman to consecutive Class AAA titles in basketball - including 32-3 record as senior - while averaging 7.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game as senior . . . named to the all-state tournament team and was all-conferece. . . also served as basketball team captain his junior and senior seasons. . . was the first-ever four-year letterwinner in two sports at Cardinal Newman. . . attended Notre Dame football camp in summer of '99 . . . enrolled in Mendoza College of Business.

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