Rashaan Salaam's body was found at Boulder's Eben G. Fine Park. His mother, Khalada, told USA TODAY Sports that police said they suspect it’s a suicide after finding a note.
A runaway winner in the 1994 Heisman Trophy voting, the electric running back had four consecutive 200-yard rushing games during the season. Salaam was inducted into CU's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012 and was on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame for the first time in 2014.
"The Buff Family has lost an outstanding young man and a great Buff today," CU Athletic Director Rick George said in a released statement. "We are heartbroken for Rashaan and his family and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time."
While helping Bill McCartney's 1994 Colorado squad to 11 wins and a No. 3 national ranking, Salaam became just the fourth player in college football history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season.
Salaam was selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he rushed for over 1,000 yards, but injuries later played a role in limiting his potential at the professional level.
Salaam returned to live in Colorado in recent years, and he most recently lived in Superior.