RASHAAN SALAAM

CU Heisman Trophy Winner

His foundation will promote Cowboy Ethics, a strong ethics codes that
has been instilled in many of the high schools across the country.

Salaam was born in San Diego, California. He attended La Jolla Country Day School in suburban San Diego, and played eight-man high school football. In 8th grade he had to make a very important decision in his life to attend public school with his friends he grew up with or to take a 2 1/2 hour bus ride each way to attend La Jolla Country Day. By making the decision of attending La Jolla Country Day he was able to excel on and off the football
field. He was All State in football 3 years and MVP of the league for track 4 years, his junior he was able to make the honor roll. 1992 he took a full scholarship offer from the University of Colorado at Boulder, in his freshman
season he fell short of lettering for the buffs only playing in 62 plays that season. Going into his sophomore season he knew he needed to prove something, he worked very closely with strength coach Doc Kreis to improve his overall work ethic. His sophomore season he started in six games and rushed for 900 yards, he would also earn all Big 8 first team honors. As a junior in 1994, Salaam had one of the best individual seasons in college football history, rushing for a school-record 2,055 yards and becoming only the fourth college running back to run for more than 2,000 yards in a season. He also amassed 24 touchdowns and helped lead Colorado to an 11–1 record, including a 41–24 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 1995 Fiesta Bowl, and a No. 3 finish in the final Associated Press Poll

The Chicago Bears selected Salaam in the first round of
the 1995 NFL Draft, and he played for the Bears from
1995 to 1997. As a rookie, he rushed for over 1,000 yards
and scored 10 touchdowns. After ending his career in 2003
Salaam has been involved in many different business
ventures that have taken him around the world. In 2005 he
moved to Bejing, China to start a company called Art of
War Fighting Championships. He still travels back and forth
to help with some of the premier events. In 2011 he
teamed up with Robert Hawkins to help with a project to
help with underprivileged kids, keeping a behind the
scenes status to not take away from the work that Mr.
Hawkins had done. In January 2014 Rashaan wanted to a
more hands on approach – with his other investments
doing well he wanted to work closer with the youth to tell
his story. His foundation will promote Cowboy Ethics, a
strong ethics codes that has been instilled in many of the
high schools across the country. The Rashaan Salaam
SPIN Foundation will focus on spreading the word of
Cowboy Ethics to the youth through leadership programs
and athletic developmental programs.