The original Heisman Trophy presented to Colorado's Rashaan Salaam in 1994 will be offered in an online auction, with a portion of the proceeds being donated for CTE research.

SCP Auctions announced Tuesday that the trophy won by the late Salaam will be a part of an exclusive online auction, which opens Jan. 8 and concludes Jan. 20 at

Salaam, CU's only Heisman Trophy winner, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Dec. 5, 2016. He was 42 years old.

According to a press release from SCP Auctions, Salaam sold his Heisman Trophy to a sports memorabilia dealer in 2013, who then sold it to its present owner later that year.

The seller of Salaam's trophy will donate an undisclosed percentage of the proceeds to the National Institutes of Health, to be used to support research on athletes' medical conditions, including CTE and brain injuries.

Donating those proceeds is being done in honor of the late Salaam, as well as former NFL star Junior Seau, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2012.

It is estimated that Salaam's Heisman will sell for at least $300,000.

In previous auctions, Heismans won by Larry Kelley (1936), Bruce Smith (1941), Paul Hornung (1956), O.J. Simpson (1968) and Charles White (1979) have sold for at least $250,000 each, according to SCP.


Each year, the player's school is also given a duplicate of the Heisman Trophy. CU has its copy of the trophy on display at The Champions Center.

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