Rashaan Salaam, Colorado
As a junior in 1994, Rashaan Salaam became just the fourth college running back to run for more than 2,000 yards in a season. With his 24 combined touchdowns, he helped lead his University of Colorado Buffaloes to an 11–1 record, including a 41–24 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 1995 Fiesta Bowl, and won the 1994 Heisman Trophy (ahead of Steve McNair and Kerry Collins).
The Chicago Bears took Salaam with a 1st-round pick in the 1995 NFL Draft, but never really got the record-setting running back from Boulder. Salaam’s career was derailed by injuries, fumbling issues, and substance issues. Despite some comeback efforts, he never played in the NFL after the 1999 season. Sadly, Salaam took his own life in December 2016. At the time, his blood-alcohol content was three times the legal limit. However, his family chose not to donate his brain to science for CTE testing.