October - 2014 - Cocktail Hour with Josh Cohen

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Abram Elam Oct 2014 Also on Digital Edition

ABOUT THE DRINK

The World-Famous Blue Front Bloody Mary:

2.5 ounces Grey Goose vodka

Tomato juice

Blue Front wing sauce

Worcestershire sauce

Celery salt

Black pepper

Fresh lemon juice

Shaken, strained over fresh ice, and garnished with blue-cheese-stuffed green olives, limes, leafed celery and a St. Louis pork rib glazed in Blue Front barbecue sauce

WHO: Abram Elam, seven-year NFL veteran and co-founder of the T.E.A.M. Elam Foundation

WHAT: Famous Blue Front Bloody Mary; a full rack of baby back ribs, homemade corn bread, collard greens, mac and cheese; the Blue Front Special – pulled pork, coleslaw, potato sticks and Blue Front mild barbecue sauce on a potato roll; and deep-fried Oreos.

WHERE: Blue Front Bar-B-Que & Lounge | 1132 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth | 561.833.6651 mybluefront.com

1. The first thing I bought with my first NFL paycheck was: nothing! Bill Parcells made me save ALL of my checks. He allowed me to keep one check for the season to live on. He used to say, ‘The circus doesn’t stay in town for long.’ That taught me discipline.

2. Playing for the Dallas Cowboys is different because of: the amount of exposure, fanfare, national TV exposure, and playing for Jerry Jones. He’s a great businessman AND sportsman. Jerry truly cares about the game.

3. The dumbest thing I ALMOST did with my money was: promote a concert. This man wanted me to front a majority of the money, but I did my research and realized that was probably not a very good business decision.

4. What most fans don’t understand about life in the NFL is that: not everybody is rich, and not everybody will retire rich. The NFL is not a career, it’s a short-term, full-time job. Most guys retire by the age of 30, IF they’re lucky enough to play that long.

5. I’ll admit, I have a tremendous weakness when it comes to: helping people. I just always feel like I can never do enough. My parents raised me to be unselfish and to take care of others.

6. Preparing my younger brother Matt to be drafted by the Ravens as their first-round pick in 2013 was: like being a proud parent. I was so happy to see his dream come true. He worked really hard; he listened to me. He called me “the blueprint,” but he enhanced the plans.

7. Our foundation T.E.A.M. Elam is especially important to me because: God blessed me and put me in a position to help others, to impact lives and to educate youth to not make the mistakes that many of us have made.

As a member of the Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs, Abram Elam amassed 408 tackles over a seven-season NFL career. In addition to co-founding the T.E.A.M. Elam charitable foundation based in West Palm Beach, the Cardinal Newman alumnus also created The Elam Model, where he advises and assists athletes with marketing and consulting. Clients include quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the first-round NFL draft selection of the Minnesota Vikings in May of this year. Elam is active in local charitable and philanthropic events, and currently resides in Palm Beach County.