Former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam’s award was auctioned off over the weekend and reportedly brought in a record price.
According to SCP Auctions, an online auction for the 1994 Heisman Trophy opened bidding on Jan. 8 before closing on Saturday. When it was all said and done, the trophy sold for a record $399,608.
The previous record for a Heisman sold at auction was $395,240 for Bruce P. Smith’s 1941 trophy. Other Heisman trophies sold at auction include O.J. Simpson’s 1968 award ($255,000 in 1999); Charles White’s 1979 award ($184,000 in 2000); and Paul Hornung’s 1956 award ($250,000 in 2000).
All proceeds from the auction are being donated to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) research in Salaam’s memory.
Salaam, who won the trophy after being a standout running back for the Colorado Buffaloes, died at age 42 in December 2016 of an apparent suicide.
During his time at Colorado, Salaam rushed for 3,057 yards and 38 touchdowns. He went on to play in the NFL for the Chicago Bears.