Rashaan Salaam, Former NFL Running Back, Dead at 42
Salaam was found dead in the parking lot of a park in Boulder, Colorado, Shannon Cordingly, a Boulder Police spokeswoman, said
Former NFL running back Rashaan Salaam was found dead Monday night, PEOPLE confirms. He was 42.
Salaam’s body was discovered in a parking lot of Eben G. Fine Park in Boulder, Colorado, Shannon Cordingly, a Boulder Police spokeswoman, said.
Cordingly said there were no signs of foul play and the investigation is ongoing, but would not say if weapons were found near or on Salaam.
The University of Colorado announced his death on Tuesday, saying the community was “stunned” at his death.
“He was very coachable,” Bill McCartney, Salaam’s coach with the Buffaloes, said in a statement. “He had a happy heart. I loved being around him. He didn’t take himself too seriously, and he always credited those around him, especially his offensive line. What I liked about him is that he had a sparkle in his eye. He was upbeat and positive.”
Salaam won the Heisman trophy in 1994 and declared for the NFL draft where he was selected 21st by the Chicago Bears.
Salaam played three seasons for the Bears, winning NFC Rookie of the Year honors in 1995, when he ran for 1,074 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He finished with 1,682 yards rushing, 120 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns for the Bears. He played briefly with the Cleveland Browns and the Green Bay Packers in 1999.