KUSA – Rashaan Salaam, who rushed for more than 2,000 yards for the University of Colorado on the way to winning the 1994 Heisman Trophy, died at a park in Boulder, the county coroner’s office confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
Salaam, 42, was found at Eben G. Fine Park on Monday evening. A determination on how he died was not announced, pending an autopsy.
“The Buff Family has lost an outstanding young man and a great Buff today,” Athletic Director Rick George said in a statement released by the university. “We are heartbroken for Rashaan and his family and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time.”
In 1994, Salaam rushed for 2,055 yards and 24 touchdowns as he led the Buffalos to an 11-1 record and a win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. CU finished that season ranked No. 3 in the nation, the second-best ever finish for a Colorado team.