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Heisman Trophy finalists Ki-Jana Carter and Kerry Collins of Penn State, Rashaan Salaam of Colorado, Steve McNair of Alcorn State, and Warren Sapp of Miami pose together on the Staten Island Ferry on Dec. 10, 1994 in New York City. Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam was found dead in a park in Boulder, Colo., on Monday night. There were no signs of foul play. He was 42.  (John Iacono)

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Rashaan Salaam, the 1994 Heisman Trophy winner and Colorado standout, has passed away at age 42. Salaam was found alone in a park in what may be a suicide.

You never know what battles people battle and struggle with silently, especially during the holiday season. My thoughts go to the Salaam family.

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LOL, just saw Tim Tebow getting struck out, then like having (christian) words with the umpire. Dude everybody’s just throwing heat at you because they know your two defenses are 1. swing weakly or 2. stare at it like some goddamn Gainesville bayoubilly trying to figure out fractions. INTERESTING FACT: The last time a reigning Cy Young winner threw against a Heisman Trophy winner was 1989 when Frank VIola pitched against Bo Jackson. 

“There is a very popular opinion that choosing life is inherently superior to choosing death. This belief that life is inherently preferable to death is one of the most wide spread superstitions. This bias constitutes one of the most obstinate mythologies of the human species; this prejudice against death, however, is a kind of xenophobia. Discrimination against death is simply assumed good and right” (Mitchell Heisman).

To Marcus,

What an amazing four years it’s been. You’ve learned and grown so much since arriving in Eugene in 2011 for your freshman year. You’ve become the most iconic and legendary player in Oregon Ducks history and there isn’t even a close second. You won so many awards and even more games. You brought the first Heisman Trophy to Eugene while breaking virtually every record in the Ducks’ history books that’ll never be touched. While ringing up all the wins and bringing in all the accolades, you didn’t do something: change who you are.

As fantastic of a football player you are, Ducks fans will remember you not only as the best player ever to play but even a better person. The countless stories show that you are class-personified. You’ve lead by example since day one on how to do it, “The right way.” In a generation that is all about me me me, you were always about the team. You always gave credit to your family, the team, the coaching staff, or the process. You never self-promoted or talked about yourself or your abilities. You truly were a team player; one of the guys. You’re a role-model for me and for hundreds of thousands of others everywhere. 

Many more Ducks will come along. Many more great people or great players will play at the University of Oregon. Many more will come along to succeed and break records. But no one will ever come and do it like you did it or as well as you did it. Thank you for a truly unforgettable four years. I wish you the best of luck in the NFL and beyond. Ducks fans everywhere will be pulling for you to flourish and become even a bigger star at the next level as we all know you can. You’ll forever be a Duck.

You are the simply, the best.

Mahalo Marcus Mariota,

Just a Duck Fan | Go Ducks

This cutie is Bruce Smith, who played football at Minnesota. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1941 and accepted the award days after Pearl Harbor was bombed, a fact reflected in his speech. He was in the Navy during the war. Bruce was not only good at football, but good at just being good. He was known for his modesty and his deep Catholic faith, and a priest with whom Bruce visited sick children even started a campaign to have him named a saint.