Sad news for the Heisman family, football fans across the country, more importantly the family and friends of Rashaan Salaam who has passed away at the age of 42. Salaam’s body was found in Boulder, Colorado park on Monday night. Right now there is no further information as to cause of death.
Salaam won the Heisman Trophy in 1994 after rushing for 2,055 yards and 24 touchdowns in a season for the Buffalo’s, both of which are still single season school records. Led by Salaam, the Buffalo’s went 11-1 and finished #3 in the AP Polls. Salaam beat the likes of Ki-Jana Carter, Steve McNair, Kerry Collins, Warren Sapp, and Lawrence Phillips to win the Heisman.
In addition to becoming the first and only CU player to win the Heisman, Salaam also won the Walter Camp Trophy (National Player of the Year) and was a unanimous All-American. Salaam was drafted 21st overall in the NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears in 1995. He won Rookie-of-the-Year honors after rushing for 1,074 yards and 10 TD’s his first year as a professional football player.
The football world lost a great one. RIP Rashaan Salaam.