Heisman winner Salaam found dead in Colorado park

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2012, file photo, former Colorado running back and Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam watches from the sidelines during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game between Colorado and Washinnton, in Boulder, Colo. Authorities say 1994 Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam has been found dead in a park in Boulder. The Boulder County coroner’s office said Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, that it is still investigating the death of 42-year-old Salaam. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Authorities say 1994 Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam has been found dead in a Colorado park.

The Boulder County coroner’s office said Tuesday that it was still investigating the cause of the death of the 42-year-old Salaam.

Colorado's Rashaan Salaam poses with the 1994 Heisman Trophy which he was awarded Saturday, Dec. 10, 1994, at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Nadel)
Colorado’s Rashaan Salaam poses with the 1994 Heisman Trophy which he was awarded Saturday, Dec. 10, 1994, at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Nadel)

The body of the one-time running back was found Monday at Eben G. Fine Park in Boulder.

Salaam led Colorado to one of its best seasons in 1994, when the Buffaloes went 11-1.

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.

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