Former NFL player and Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam was found dead in a parking lot in Boulder, Colorado on Monday, ESPN reports. He was 42.
Authorities say there were no signs of foul play and they're still unsure of the actual cause of death. However, after finding a note police told Salaam's mother, Khalada, they suspect suicide. She told USA Today Sports, "They said they found a note and would share that with us when we get there."
In 1994, he won the Heisman Trophy and played for the University of Colorado. In 1995, he was drafted by the Chicago Bears where continued to make impressive plays.
Salaam admitted that back in 1999 his problems on the field were caused by his use of marijuana,“It probably had me out there lackadaisical instead of going out there 100 percent,” adding, “Everybody thinks getting high is cool, you can let it go when you want to let it go. But it’s just as potent as cocaine.”
The football community has shared their condolences on social media.
A University of Colorado Buffaloes athletics' tweet read,“‘We’re minus one true Buffalo today.’ Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam passes away at age 42."
Fellow Heisman winner Matt Leinart tweeted,“I will miss my Heisman brother Rashaan Salaam. He was always smiling and just a lot of fun to be around! #RIP.” Ex-NFL star Chad Brown wrote, “Beyond saddened to hear the news about my @cubuffs teammate and friend Rashaan Salaam. We lost a true Buffalo today.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.