Want to own one of the rarest pieces of sports memorabilia in the world? Well now you’ve got a chance. Former Colorado running back Rashaan Salaam is auctioning off his Heisman Trophy ring and the bidding hasn’t exactly taken 0ff.
Salaam won the 1994 Heisman after leading the nation in rushing (186.8 yards per game) and totaling a school-record 2,055 yards and 24 touchdowns. He had four consecutive 200-yard games at one point during the season, and also racked up 362 yards of total offense in a 34-31 win over Texas in Austin. He was also a unanimous All-American selection.
Salaam led Colorado to a 11-1 record that included a 41-24 win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl and a No. 3 finish in the final AP poll. He left school after his Heisman campaign, and was taken by the Chicago Bears with the No. 21 pick in the 1995 NFL Draft. Injuries and off-the-field issues derailed what looked like a promising pro career.
Salaam’s size 11.5 ring is gold with more than 20 diamonds totaling 1.5 carats. It is missing a small diamond on the upper left corner of the ring face but it is estimated to see at a price somewhere between $15,000 and $25,000.
As of Tuesday afternoon bidding on the ring was at just $1,000.
Salaam went to my high school, La Jolla Country Day, and was often back at the school for various functions while I was in high school, even after winning the Heisman and making it big. I have to say, every time I met him, he was a great guy and he always claimed he owed our high school a lot and he showed that by allowing his Heisman Trophy to be displayed in our school’s trophy case for a few months soon after winning it. I have to admit, that was pretty cool.