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Former Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam dies aged 42

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The footballing family lost a member yesterday, as it was revealed that former first-round pick Rashaan Salaam tragically passed away.

He was 42.

The former Chicago Bears running back, who had a prestigious college career before making the step up to professional football, was found deceased in a park in Boulder, Colorado according to police. 

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Salaam was a star in college during his time with the Colorado, winning the 1994 Heisman Trophy after a season that saw him rush for over 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns in what has to go down as one of the greatest running back seasons in CFB history.

He beat out Ki-Jana Carter, Steve McNair and Kerry Collins for the award.

After that memorable season, Salaam was selected with the 21st overall pick by the Chicago Bears. As a rookie, he rushed for 1,074 yards and scored 10 touchdowns as a Bear.

Unfortunately, injuries and fumbles derailed the rusher's career and he only spent two more years in Chicago before spells with the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers before moving to the XFL. 

In the XFL's only season, Salaam finished with 528 rushing yards and five touchdowns, which put him among the top backs in the league.

The thoughts of everyone at GiveMeSport go out to Salaam's family and friends at this time.

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