Posted: 8:06 pm Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Abram Elam, a Cleveland Browns safety from Cardinal Newman, has improved with age 

By Scott Andera

In his 45 years of coaching at Cardinal Newman High School, Sam Budnyk figures he had “maybe 15-20″ players who stood out above the rest. Abram Elam is near the top of that exclusive list.


Now the starting free safety for the Cleveland Browns, who face the Dolphins Sunday at Sun Life Stadium, Elam, 29, played quarterback and defensive back for Budnyk from 1996-99.

“He’d be the first guy at practice, waiting for me when I got there, and I’d have to shag him off the field when we were done,” Budnyk recalled. “He had a love of the game, and the guys I had who excelled were almost to a man hard workers. That was Abram. He was almost too good to be true.”

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