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Cleveland Elam


Cleveland Elam

Date of Birth: April 5, 1952, in Memphis, Tennessee

Date of Death: July 12, 2012, in Salisbury, North Carolina (60 years old)


Washington Post - Published 07/18/12

Did you know?

In 1976 Cleveland Elam had a team-high 17.5 sacks (which weren’t yet considered

an official NFL statistic), earning the first of his two consecutive Pro Bowl selections. But

just as he was beginning to emerge as one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL, Elam

suffered a severe knee injury in 1978 and started only four games. He left San Francisco

after that season and played just one more season, with the Detroit Lions in 1979,

before retiring.



1975 San Francisco 49ers (NFL)

1976 San Francisco 49ers (NFL)

1977 San Francisco 49ers (NFL)

1978 San Francisco 49ers (NFL)

1979 Detroit Lions (NFL)


Tennessee State University