Heis­man win­ner Salaam found dead in Colorado park

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner Rashaan Salaam was found dead Mon­day night in a Boul­der park less than two miles from Fol­som Field, where he carved his name into the Univer­sity of Colorado record books as one of the great­est play­ers in the pro­gram’s his­tory.

The Boul­der County coroner’s of­fice was still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the death of the 42-year-old Salaam, who won the Heis­man in 1994. The body of the one-time run­ning back was found at Eben G. Fine Park in Boul­der. Po­lice say foul play was not sus­pected.

Salaam rushed for 2,055 yards and 24 touch­downs as a ju­nior in 1994, lead­ing the Buf­faloes to an 11-1 record, a win over Notre Dame in the Fi­esta Bowl and a No. 3 fin­ish in the fi­nal polls. He won the Heis­man in a run­away.

The Chicago Bears made him a first-round draft pick in 1995, and he rushed for 1,074 yards and 10 touch­downs in win­ning NFC Rookie of the Year hon­ors. In­juries cut short his ca­reer. He played his last NFL game with the Cleve­land Browns in 1999 be­fore re­tir­ing from foot­ball.

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