Authorities found the body of former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam Monday night in the parking lot of Boulder Park. Authorities wait for the autopsy report to know the cause of death, but likely leans on the angle of suicide.
According to ESPN, investigators found a note near Salaam’s body which further strengthens their lead that is was suicide. Aside from the note, investigators found no signs of foul play, but need confirmation to the cause of his death.
Timeline to Salaam’s death
Boulder Police spokesperson Shannon Cordingly narrated that investigators found Salaam’s body at the parking lot at Eben G. Fine Park. Cordingly did not elaborate the time when they found the body, but 911 received the call just before 9 p.m. Authorities informed Salaam’s mother of the incident and will discuss the note with her along with other family members.
The University of Colorado athletic director Rick George extends their condolences to Salaam’s family saying football just lost another decorated player. He described Salaam as an outstanding young man and decorated member of the Buffaloes which earned him the Heisman Trophy.
Salaam’s football career
Salaam, 42, played college football at the University of Colorado and won the 1994 Heisman Trophy. The Chicago Bears then selected Salaam in the first round of the 1995 Draft. Salaam then proved his worth rushing for 1,074 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns. However, injuries, fumbles, and marijuana use led the Bears to part ways with him in 1997.
The Cleveland Browns picked up Salaam in 1999 but only played two games that season. Salaam would then suit with the Packers and 49ers in the NFL but as a member of the practice squad. Salaam tried to revive his football career, signing with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL in 2004. The team suspended him, which led to the end of his football days.
From the time he quit football to his untimely death, Salaam run an organization dedicated to helping underprivileged kids.
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