Coroner: Rashaan Salaam died of self-inflicted gunshot wound

Coroner: Rashaan Salaam died of self-inflicted gunshot wound

Coroner: Rashaan Salaam died of self-inflicted gunshot wound

He also had marijuana in his system at the time of his death.

Salaam won the Heisman Trophy, college football's highest honor, as a University of Colorado running back in 1994, becoming the only player from that school to do so.

Salaam. 42, was found dead at Eben G. Fine Park in Boulder the night of December 5.

The family declined to have Salaam tested for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a diagnosis that has been linked back to the suicide deaths of many former National Football League players including Junior Seau and Dave Duerson. The players will wear a decal with Salaam's initials and the No. 19 during Thursday night's Alamo Bowl.

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Salaam's body was discovered in a park along with a handwritten note, passport, $63, a red bio-hazard bag and medical gloves for burial purposes.

Salaam ran for 1,074 yards as a 21-year-old rookie in 1995, but was limited by injuries and appeared in only 12 games the next season. He led the country in all-purpose yards in 1994 as well as touchdowns with 24. Every time I remember Rashsaan, he always had a great smile.

Chicago Bears Rashaan Salaam steps on Minnesota Viking Pete Bercich in the first quarter for a one yard gain and advances to the Minnesota 27 yard line 28 October at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN.

He signed as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders in 1999, but he was cut. He also was a member of the Green Bay Packers' practice squad.

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