Rashaan Salaam
All-American college football player, professional football player, running back, Heisman Trophy winner
Rashaan Salaam
Rashaan Iman Salaam is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for four seasons during the 1990s. Salaam played college football for the University of Colorado and won the 1994 Heisman Trophy. He was picked by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Bears and Cleveland Browns of the NFL.
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Sports Briefing: Rashaan Salaam’s Family Declines to Test His Brain for Trauma
NYTimes - about 2 months
An autopsy confirmed that the 1994 Heisman Trophy winner killed himself earlier this month after dealing with depression.
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Former Football Star Rashaan Salaam's Death Ruled A Suicide
NPR - about 2 months
Rashaan Salaam won the 1994 Heisman Trophy as college football's most outstanding player. (Image credit: ADAM NADEL/AP)
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The Long, Lonely Fall of a Heisman Trophy Winner
New York Times - 2 months
Rashaan Salaam, the 1994 trophy winner, was found dead this month. Now, many wonder if brain damage and the pressure of living up to Heisman hopes contributed to his end.
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Funeral service held for Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam
Yahoo News - 3 months
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Former teammates joined family and friends to say goodbye to 1994 Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam on Friday, remembering his warm heart and peaceful spirit.
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Former Bear Rashaan Salaam found dead at 42
Chicago Times - 3 months
The news of Rashaan Salaam's death hit those who knew him during his time with the Bears with full force Tuesday afternoon. Ron Turner, Salaam's offensive coordinator for two seasons, couldn't wrap his brain around the reality, recalling the natural ebullience Salaam always seemed to carry himself...
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Rashaan Salaam, 1994 Heisman Winner, Found Dead in Park
Wall Street Journal - 3 months
The Boulder County coroner’s office was investigating the cause of the death of the 42-year-old former running back, who won the Heisman while playing for the University of Colorado.
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RosenBits: Why Bears are perfect NFL draft host (snark alert)
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
I think it’s terrific that the host of "Draft Town"’ is the franchise that spent first-round picks on Shea McClellin, Gabe Carimi, Chris Williams, Cedric Benson, Michael Haynes, Marc Colombo, David Terrell, Cade McNown, Curtis Enis, Rashaan Salaam, John Thierry, Alonzo Spellman and Stan Thomas...
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Former Football Player Becomes Met Opera's Rising New Star
Huffington Post - over 4 years
NEW YORK -- Keith Miller was a bruising fullback out of the University of Colorado who never quite made it to the National Football League. He has, however, become a star at the Metropolitan Opera. How Miller made the unlikely transition from football to the pinnacle of opera is an all-American story of reinvention, made all the more amazing by the fact that he had no formal musical training when he set out to become a singer. "This is the real thing, this is the juice," says the 38-year-old Miller. "Instead of a number, you're a character, but the spirit of competition is the same, and you do it for the love of the art versus the love of the game." It began almost by chance in 1994, while still at Colorado, when he took his girlfriend to see a traveling production of the Broadway musical "The Phantom of the Opera." He was so enthralled that tears rolled down his face. He bought a CD and learned the songs. Then he got some real opera recordings, singing alon ...
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Reliving the Bengals’ First Round Picks 1994-1997
Cincy Jungle - over 4 years
1994 After finishing the 1993 season with the league’s worst offense, a bad defense, and a league worst 3-13 record, there were many holes that could be addressed on the team. An 0-10 start sunk the season but a 3-3 finish gave fans a reason to hold onto some glimmer of hope for the future. . 1993 was supposed to be the coming out party for 2nd year QB David Klingler, who played 4 games in his rookie season of 1992. Klinger responded in 1993 by amassing an underwhelming 1,935 passing yards with only 6 TD’s and 9 INT’s in 14 games. He averaged an abysmal 138 yards passing per game and failed to reach 100 yards passing in 4 of his games, while only topping the 200 yard mark twice. Perhaps the “evil” QB Rating of 66.6 should have been a sign that Klingler wasn’t the team’s savoir at QB, and his terrible season prompted pre-draft speculation that perhaps the Bengals would cut their losses with Klingler and select the top QB prospect Heath Schuler, who was a pro-ready b ...
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Salaam says he became lazier as he improved as a player
Morris Daily Herald - almost 5 years
CHICAGO (MCT) — Rashaan Salaam sounded almost giddy on the phone, the same way he sounded 17 years ago when I visited him at his parents’ home in San Diego for an interview.
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Salaam: 'Better I got, lazier I got'
Chicago Times - almost 5 years
Bears' 1995 1st-round pick reflects on disappointing NFL career Rashaan Salaam sounded almost giddy on the phone, the same way he sounded 17 years ago when I visited him at his parents' home in San Diego for an interview.
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NFL Draft: Who is the Worst Bears Draft Pick Ever?
Glenview Patch - almost 5 years
  The NFL draft begins at 7 p.m. Thursday and the Chicago Bears have the 19th overall pick. The Bears have a checkered draft history, to say the least. For every Walter Payton, there’s a Rashaan Salaam. But, of all Bears mistakes on draft day, which is the worst? We did our best to compile a list of worthy nominees and we limited our choices to the first round: Michael Haynes, 2003, 14th overall. The Penn State defensive end never developed into the dominant force the Bears envisioned. In three seasons with the Bears Haynes compiled 5.5 sacks. David Terrell, 2001, 8th overall. The highly-touted Michigan wide receiver played four seasons with the Bears and never caught more than 43 passes. Terrell also was charged with domestic battery this year. Cade McNown, 1999, 12th overall. The UCLA quarterback was supposed to be a franchise savior, but he played only two seasons with the Bears and won only three games. Although McNown did reportedly manage to get banned from the Pl ...
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