In Memoriam: TSU Great Cleveland Elam

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Elam Obituary


See Cleveland Elam in Action for the San Francisco 49ers in 1976

Cleveland was drafted in the fourth round by the Niners in 1975, the 85th player chosen overall.

Elam soon found himself starting in his rookie season, and quickly established himself as one of the best in the league.

He was honored with his first Pro Bowl appearance in 1976, as he scooped up a fumble and went 69 yards for the only touchdown of his career.

The 1977 season was his best. He went back to the Pro Bowl, and was named First Team All-Pro.

Elam had his knee severely injured in his fourth season, and was only able to start in four of the twelve games he played in.


Cleveland Elam was a Tennessee State University All-American, and a 2 time NFL All-Pro.




4 thoughts on “In Memoriam: TSU Great Cleveland Elam

  1. It was so good to see Cleveland last year. He was my teammate with the 49ers and a great man. He will be missed. Jimmy “JW” Webb

  2. Cleveland Elam is one of the finest examples of good people to come out of Binghampton in Memphis, TN. He was a Lester Lion, Tennessee State Tiger, San Francisco 49er, Detroit Lion, but, to those of us who knew him in Binghampton, he was just ” BIG CLEVE”. Rest easy now, my brother!!!

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