Rashaan Salaam accomplished the improbable, rising from playing 8-man football at La Jolla Country Day in San Diego to win the Heisman Trophy in 1994.
It was Salaam’s greatest achievement, earned barely two months beyond his 20th birthday, and one that he candidly admitted in the ensuing years he couldn’t match.
Likable, outgoing and engaging, Salaam walked through much of his life with a smile, but the facade may have hid something darker.
On Monday night at a neighborhood park in Boulder, Colo., where Salaam played college football for the University of Colorado, the 42-year-old was found dead. In an interview with USA Today, Salaam’s mother,...