Elming first experienced American football when he went to Minnesota as an exchange student. Learning from host brother Chuck Schrope (reference to page 5 in Claus's book bogen on Super Bowl) he quickly became a fan of the sport. Claus sent his little brother, Jesper Elming, a National Football League ball for Christmas.
Upon returning to Denmark after a year in the U.S., Claus started the Herning Hawks American football club with some other interested players. Some years later, Claus moved to Århus to study at the university, where he helped starting the Århus Tigers. Claus later moved to Copenhagen after he took a job as an NFL commentator on TV 2 Zulu. Elming then started coaching the Avedøre Monarchs, which he did until 2002. In 2006, Elming was inducted in the Danish American Football Federation Hall of Fame.
Until the 2006 NFL season, Elming was a color commentator for TV 2 Zulu in Denmark, providing NFL-coverage alongside Jimmy Bøjgaard, who provided play-by-play-commentary. The Zulu-coverage of NFL ended thereafter, when Viasat acquired the Scandinavian NFL-rights. However, Elming will continue as commentator at TV 2 Sport, who air a portion of the NFL matches in Denmark.
Elming's favorite team is the Minnesota Vikings.
- Football -guruen. Portræt / interview: Claus Elming Ekstra Bladet 22.01.2003
- Fra fodbold til football. Portræt/interview: Claus Elming Politiken 19.12.2002
- Bogen om NFL : amerikansk fodbold fra AFC til zone blitz (2004) ISBN 87-91303-34-6
- Bogen om Super Bowl (2006) ISBN 87-91303-50-8
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