On Monday evening, former NFL running back Rashaan Salaam was found dead in the parking lot of the Eben G. Fine Park in Boulder, CO. He was 42 years old.
Although a Boulder Police spokeswoman named Shannon Cordingly claimed there were no signs of foul play, it appears as though the cops believe Rashaan’s death was a suicide. According to the American athlete’s mother, Khalada, a note was discovered next to the former Chicago Bears player’s body.
Salaam’s mother explained to USA Today:
“They said they found a note and would share that with us when we get there. It’s just a big trip. That’s all I can say├óΓé¼┬ª We just found out this morning and we’re going to Colorado to take care of him.”
As you may recall, Rashaan won the Heisman Trophy in 1994 and then headed to the NFL draft a year later where he was a first round pick for the Bears. Salaam went onto play for the Chicago-based team for three seasons, where he was named the NFC Rookie of the Year in 1995. Sadly, the combination of injuries and marijuana use contributed to the end of his football career.
After a successful stint at the University of Colorado, it only makes sense that Rashaan’s family plans to place him to rest in Boulder. Khalada revealed:
“[Rashaan] liked it there and was successful there, and he liked the people there.”
And it seems as though the Boulder community is certainly devastated by Salaam’s passing. CU Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano commented on this tragic news by penning a statement for the university’s website, where he called the late sportsman “one of the greatest football players to ever wear a Buffs uniform.”
Our thoughts are with those who were closest to Rashaan. R.I.P. man.
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