Rashaan Salaam was one of the most memorable players in Colorado football history, and now he will forever be honored as one of the greatest to play in Boulder.
On Friday, CU announced that the No. 19 jersey worn by the 1994 Heisman Trophy winner during his sensational career will be retired after this season. The late Salaam, who took his own life on Dec. 5, will be just the fourth player in CU history to have his number retired.
The official retirement ceremony will be held on Oct. 28, during CU’s homecoming game against California.
“We just thought it was the right time for us to do it,” CU athletic director Rick George said. “We will have, hopefully, a sold out crowd that will be there that could helps us honor his legacy.”
Salaam is the only player in CU history to win the Heisman, presented annually to the top player in college football. He rushed for 2,055 yards and 24 touchdowns in 1994, becoming just the fourth player in NCAA Division I history to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark.