More sad news for the football world.
Just a week after the heartbreaking report of Joe McKnight‘s road rage shooting death, another former NFL star has passed away. Former 1994 Heisman Trophy Winner Rashaan Salaam was found dead in a Boulder, Colorado park at just 42 years old.
Since there was no evidence of foul play, sources are saying his death was the result of an apparent suicide and that Salaam shot himself. The athlete was known for achieving great feats in the NFL in a short period of time: he rushed 1,074 yards and scored 10 touchdowns in his rookie season with the Chicago Bears, which won him NFC Rookie of the Year honors.
Salaam’s mother Khalada told reporters, “It’s just a big trip. That’s all I can say. We just found out this morning, and we’re going to Colorado to take care of him.” She also revealed that a note was found at the scene of her son’s death by police. As of yet, there’s no word on what could have caused the star to take his own life, but sources say that after leaving the NFL in 1999, Salaam’s life went downhill in terms of success and happiness.
Khalada says the family hopes to bury him in Boulder because “he liked it there and was successful there, and he liked the people there.”
Our prayers are with the Salaam family.