Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam was found dead in a Colorado park, authorities said Tuesday.
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 Monday night at Eben G. Fine Park in Boulder. Police say foul play was not suspected. A person passing by discovered the body and called police, Boulder County spokeswoman told reporters.
Salaam led Colorado to one of its best seasons in 1994, when the Buffaloes went 11-1 beat Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl and finished No. 3 in the final polls.
“The Buff Family has lost an outstanding young man and a great Buff today,” Colorado athletic director Rick George said in a statement. “We are heartbroken for Rashaan and his family and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time.”
He had a terrific rookie season with the Chicago Bears in 1995, rushing for 1,074 yards and 10 touchdowns.
But he only scored three times in the next two years and he played his last game in 1999 with the Cleveland Browns.