Rashaan Salaam struggled to escape NFL past
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Rashaan Salaam struggled to escape NFL past

The 1994 Heisman Trophy winner was found dead two miles from Colorado's Folsom Field

Photo: Rashaan Salaam ran for 2,055 yards in 1994.

Rashaan Salaam’s life ended at a park located just two miles from Colorado’s Folsom Field, the scene of his greatest football days. The police have informed his family a suicide note and gun were found alongside the body of the 1994 Heisman Trophy winner.

That may be the coroner’s report on how he died at age 42, but I don’t believe it. A broken heart from an NFL career viewed as failing to live up to the Heisman he won 22 years ago this week cruelly and unfairly killed his spirit. ... 



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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

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