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Rashaan Salaam Obituary

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Rashaan Salaam (Andy Hayt / Getty)
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Rashaan Salaam, a former Heisman Trophy-winning running back, has died at the age of 42, according to ESPN.

Salaam was found dead Monday night in a park in Boulder, Colorado. Authorities said there were no signs of foul play. Salaam was a former running back for the University of Colorado.

Colorado athletic director Rick George said, "The Buff Family has lost an outstanding young man and a great Buff today." "We are heartbroken for Rashaan and his family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time."

The University of Colorado football team tweeted, "'We're minus one true Buffalo today.' Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam passes away at age 42."

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Salaam won the Heisman Trophy in 1994 when he was a running back for the Buffaloes. He rushed for over 2,000 yards that season. The team finished the year at No. 3 in the country in the college football AP poll. He also won the Walter Camp Award for best player in college football.

In 1995, he was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Chicago Bears at No. 21 overall. He became the youngest running back ever to rush for over 1,000 yards during his rookie season. He also scored 10 touchdowns that year.

During his time in Chicago, however, Salaam was prone to fumbling the ball. The Bears cut him before the 1998 season. He later admitted that he had an issue with marijuana and had entered a rehab program that same year. He was signed by the Oakland Raiders in 1999, but he was cut. Salaam had brief stints after that with the Packers, Browns, and 49ers. He also played briefly in the Canadian Football League and the XFL.

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