In the history of American football, RashaanSalaam was a force to be reckoned with and when his death took place many could not quite fathom. Salaam was an American professional football player best remembered as a running back in the NFL in the 1990s when he played for the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns. He played the defensive back position, becoming the youngest footballer in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards.
He has numerous trophies, milestones and accolades to his credit, including the 1994 Heisman Trophy; the “Sports Player of the Year”; the Doak Walker Prize and the Walter Camp Prize; titled “NFC Rookie of the Year” in 1995. This great American footballer was also inducted into the University of Colorado Athletes Hall of Fame during his career.
Rashaan Salaam Wiki, Bio
The great American footballer was born on October 8, 1974, in San Diego, California as the former Cincinnati Bengals faced off against Teddy Washington, later known as Sulton Salaam, after he converted to Islam. So, Sallam was brought up as a Muslim.
Like most candidates, Salaam’s career started at an early stage. At Jolla Country Day School in suburban San Diego, he played eight-man football and went more than 100 yards in every game but one. His outstanding performances were rewarded with All-American recognition in high school and he was later inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.
At the University of Colorado, Salaam played for the Colorado Buffaloes football team from 1992 to 1994. He had one of the best individual seasons in college football history there, rushing for a record 2,055 yards. His junior years were notable as he also scored 24 touchdowns and helped lead Colorado to an 11-1 record. That includes a 41-24 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 1995 Fiesta Bowl and a 3rd place finish in the latest Associated Press poll. His team only lost once during the season to rival Nebraska Cornhuskers, undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Associated Press and United Press International polls at season’s end.
Salaam was a unanimous first-team All-American and Heisman Trophy winner. He beat Penn State running back Ki-Jana Carter and quarterbacks Steve McNair of Alcorn State and Kerry Collins of Penn State to win the coveted title.
After Salaam was selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round, with the 21st selection of the NFL Draft in 1995, he played for the team from 1995 to 1997. During his first round, he amassed 1,074 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. However, due to injuries, misfires and drug addiction, he only spent three years with the Bears. As a result, he was traded to the Miami Dolphins before the 1998 season, a trade that was canceled after Salaam failed a medical. In 1999, he spent time with the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers, but only played two games.
A career in decline
After briefly playing in the XFL for MemphisManiax in 2001, Salaam only managed to finish the year with 528 yards gained before injury cut him short and the league folded after one season. Another NFL career attempt in 2002 also proved unsuccessful for Salaam after high-profile training at Cris Carter Speed School. After all the hype, he was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers in 2003, but in August of that year he was subsequently laid off in the penultimate round.
Similarly, Salaam was signed by the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 2004, but was suspended by the Argos in May. This marked the end of his career.
Rashaan Salaam wife, children, family, was he gay?
Salaam is survived by his parents – SultonSalaam, his father who was also a professional American football player, his mother Khalada Salaam-Alaji and his siblings, Jabali Alaji and Atiya Henry. He was never married and once told the Chicago Tribune that he was single for life. He had no children until his death.
Apparently he never intended to tie the knots. Instead, he focused on his career and used his free time to organize a camp for young aspiring athletes in San Diego, acting as their mentor. Nonetheless, Salaam had a girlfriend, Shelly Martins, who was devastated by his sudden death.
Being single for a long time can spark speculation about someone’s sexuality. However, there is no confirmation that Salaam is gay. Apparently, he just didn’t have the idea of marriage.
Cause Of Death – How Did You Rashaan Salaam Die?
Just when we thought things couldn’t get any worse in 2016, terrible news about Rashaan Salaam sent shockwaves around the world. The American football player was found dead on December 5, 2016 in a park in Boulder, Colorado. A note next to his body suggested possible suicide. The authorities therefore carried out an autopsy.
On December 29, it was concluded that he committed suicide following a gunshot wound to the head. According to a report released by the Boulder County Coroner’s Office, Salaam’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal driving limit and he had THC in his system. To this day, his family and friends have not yet come to terms with the fact that he committed suicide.