Funeral service held for Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Former teammates joined family and friends to say goodbye to Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam on Friday, remembering his warm heart and peaceful spirit.
About 250 people gathered for a prayer service for Salaam at the Islamic Center of Boulder near Folsom Field, where Salaam carved his name into the University of Colorado record book from 1992 to 1994.
He was found dead Monday night in a park not far from the school at the age of 42. His mother, Khalada, told USA TODAY Sports that police said they suspect he killed himself.
The mourners included former Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins wide receiver Michael Westbrook. He said any anger in a room would somehow disappear whenever his former teammate entered it. He called Salaam ''a beautiful human being.''