ESPN documentary tonight on Rashaan Salaam
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ESPN documentary tonight on Rashaan Salaam

The E:60 show on the life of the 1994 Heisman Trophy winner and his tragic ending

Photo: Rashaan Salaam

Below are are links to ESPN's E:60 teaser for documentary on Rashaan Salaam and links to two stories I posted on Rashaan Salaam after the 1994 Heisman Trophy winner took his life in Dec. 5, 2016. Lower on the page are Salaam's 1994 season game-by-game results and more links to stories I wrote with Rashaan over the course of his college and NFL careers. I first met Rashaan and wrote about the high school All-American while playing at La Jolla Country Day. Thanks to ESPN producer Frankie Sarceno for including me in the story.

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ESPN's E:60 documentary on Rashaan Salaam airs tonight, 7 p.m. Dec. 17, 2019

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Colorado retires Rashaan Salaam’s number, Oct. 27, 2017

https://www.shanahan.report/a/salaam-remembered-with-retired-number-ceremony

Salaam struggled with NFL career, Dec. 8, 2016

https://www.shanahan.report/a/rashaan-salaam-struggled-with-nfl-career

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Rashaan Salaam’s 1994 Heisman Trophy results game-by-game

--- Sept. 3: No. 8 Colorado (1-0) def. Northeast Louisiana (now Louisiana Monroe) 48-13.  Rashaan carried 24 times for 183 yards with three touchdowns and caught three passes for 40 yards.

--- Sept. 10: bye week

--- Sept. 17: No. 7 Colorado (2-0) def. No. 10 Wisconsin 55-17. Rashaan carried 25 times for 85 yards and four touchdowns.

--- Sept. 24: No. 7 Colorado (3-0) def. No. 4 Michigan 27-26. Rashaan carried 22 times for 141 yards, two TDs; he also caught three passes for 18 yards.

--- Oct. 1: No. 5 Colorado (4-0) def. at No. 16 Texas 34-31. Rashaan carried 35 times for 317 yards and one touchdown. He also caught five balls for 45 yards.

--- Oct. 8: No. 5 Colorado (5-0) def. Missouri 38-23. Rashaan carried 26 times for 166 yards with two touchdowns. He caught one pass for 41 yards.

--- Oct. 15: No. 4 Colorado (6-0) def. No. 22 Oklahoma 45-7. Rashaan carried 25 times for 161 yards and 4 TDs. He caught one pass for 7 yards. At this point in the season, his rushing total was 158 carries, 1,052 yards and 16 TDs. He averaging 6.7 yards per carry, 175.3 yards a game and 2.7 touchdowns a game.

--- Oct. 22: No. 2 Colorado def. No. 19 Kansas State 35-21. Rashaan carried 28 times for 202 yards with two touchdowns; he caught one pass for 2 yards. It was the only the third time in the season his work was not done by the fourth quarter.

--- Oct. 29: No. 2 Colorado lost at No. 3 Nebraska 24-7. Rashaan carried 22 times for 124 yards and one touchdown and caught two passes for 24 yards.

--- Nov. 5: No. 7 Colorado def. unranked Oklahoma State 17-3. Rashaan carried 29 times for 174 yards but without a score. He caught two passes for 28 yards

--- Nov. 12: No. 7 Colorado def. unranked Kansas 51-26; Rashaan carried 30 times for 232 yards and three TDs. He caught three passes for 16 yards.

--- Nov. 19: No. 7 Colorado def. unranked Iowa State 41-20. Rashaan carried 29 times for 259 yards and two touchdowns and one catch for 4 yards.

--- Jan. 2 1995: Fiesta Bowl, Tempe: No. 4 Colorado finished the season 11-1 with a 41-24 romp over unranked Notre Dame (6-5-1). Salaam was limited to 83 yards on 27 carries, but he scored three touchdowns.  Salaam announced after the game he was forgoing his senior year to declare for the 1995 NFL draft. He was the 21st pick by the Chicago Bears.

SOME MORE OF MY PAST RASHAAN SALAAM STORIES

Salaam reflects in 2014 on 2000-yard season game, Nov. 21, 2014

https://www.shanahan.report/a/salaams-20th-anniversary-heisman-season-iowa-state

Salaam reflects in 2014 on Heisman’s anniversary, Aug. 16, 2014

https://www.shanahan.report/a/rashaan-salaam-and-heisman-trophy-season

Salaam on learning from past and making good choices, Sept. 22, 2014

https://www.shanahan.report/a/rashaan-salaam-on-making-good-choices

NFL comeback after playing for XFL’s Memphis Maniax

https://www.shanahan.report/a/my-rashaan-salaam-2003-comeback-story

Salaam’s rookie season in Chicago, Sept. 22, 1995

https://www.shanahan.report/a/my-rashaan-salaam-rookie-year-story

Also:

LJCD careers of Salaam and Wiggins inspired Army wide receiver Christian Hayes, Sept. 5, 2109

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Tom Shanahan, Author: Raye of Light http://tinyurl.com/knsqtqu

-- Book on Michigan State's leading role in the integration of college football. It explains Duffy Daugherty's untold pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

http://shanahan.report/a/the-case-for-duffy-and-medal-of-freedom

 

Don’t believe the myths at Duffy Daugherty’s expense about Bear Bryant’s motivation to play the 1970 USC-Alabama game or myths about the Charlie Thornhill-for-Joe Namath trade. Bear Bryant knew nothing about black talent in the South while he dragged his feet on segregation. 

http://www.shanahan.report/a/forty-four-underground-railroad-legacy-facts

http://shanahan.report/a/myths-that-grew-out-of-1970-alabama-game-with-usc

 

http://shanahan.report/a/mystery-solved-in-thornhill-and-namath-myth

 

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer; "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in.”

https://www.augustpublications.com/products/raye-of-light-jimmy-raye-duffy-daugherty-the-integration-of-college-football-and-the-1965-66-michigan-state-spartans


Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and Chargers.com. He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer, MLB.com, Rivals.com and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications


David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."