BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – The Colorado Buffaloes retired the jersey of the late Rashaan Salaam, the school’s only Heisman Trophy winner, on Saturday in Boulder.

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Khalada Salaam-Alaji, left, and Sultan Abdus-Salaam, the parents of the late player Rahsaan Salaam, stand on the field during Saturday’s ceremony. (credit: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

The Buffs retired Salaam’s No. 19 jersey between the first and second quarters of the 44-28 win over Cal at Folsom Field.

The 1994 Heisman Trophy winner took his life in 2016 at a park two miles from the stadium where he carved his name into the school’s record books as one of the greatest players in the program’s history.

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Running back Rashaan Salaam with the Heisman Trophy in December 1994 (credit: Getty Images Sport)

The Chicago Bears made him a first-round draft pick in 1995, and he rushed for 1,074 yards and 10 touchdowns in winning NFC Rookie of the Year honors.


Injuries cut short his career, however, as he scored three rushing TDs in the next two years in Chicago and played his last NFL game with the Cleveland Browns in 1999.


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