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Former Heisman Trophy Winner, NFL RB Rashaan Salaam Dead At Age 42

Rashaan Salaam playing for the Bears against the Packers.

Rashaan Salaam #31 of the Chicago Bears is pursued by Brian Williams #51 of the Green Bay Packers during a game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bears 38-24.

Former Colorado running back Rashaan Salaam has passed away.

Salaam, the 1994 Heisman Trophy winner, was 42 years old.

Per Colorado's official athletics website, Salaam was found dead Monday night in a Boulder, Colo., park. There were no signs of foul play.

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

Salaam exploded for 2,055 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns in his final season at Colorado, capturing the Heisman and leading the Buffs to a 11-1 record and No. 3 final ranking.

A first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 1995, Salaam rushed for 1,074 yards and 10 touchdowns as a rookie. However, his career tumbled from there. He managed just 610 yards and three touchdowns over the next three seasons with the Bears and Cincinnati Bengals and was out of the league by 1997.

According to a 2014 article, Salaam had put in considerable time with his personal charity, entitled the Rashaan Salaam SPIN (Supporting People In Need) Foundation.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Salaam's family, friends and the Colorado football program.