Open up your wallets. There is a chance to bid on one of only about 75 prestigious college football rings, a ring owned by an accomplisehd local running back. alum Rashaan Salaam is auctioning off his 1994 Heisman Trophy ring. Los Angeles-based auctioneer Nate D. Sanders announced the rare auction on Tuesday and bidding was at just $1,000 on Tuesday afternoon.
Salaam graduated from La Jolla Country Day in 1992 and played for the University of Colorado, where as a junior in 1994 he led the nation in rushing (186.8 yards per game). He joined previous Heisman Trophy winners Marcus Allen, Mike Rozier and Barry Sanders as the only Division I players to gain more than 2,000 rushing yards in a season.
Salaam ran for 312 yards against Texas that year, capping an 11-1 season for the Buffaloes by scoring three TDs in a 41-24 win over Notre Dame at the 1995 Fiesta Bowl. The unanimous All-America pick was was selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round (21st overall) of the 1995 NFL draft. Injuries dampened his pro career with the Bears, Cleveland Browns and the Green Bay Packers.
A spokesperson for Nate D. Sanders auction house said Salaam, who now lives in Southeast San Diego, contacted them to sell the ring.
The size 11.5 ring is gold, with more than 20 diamonds totaling 1.5 carats. While it is missing a small diamond on the upper left corner of the ring face, it is estimated to sell at a price between $15,000 and $25,000. The ring comes with a certificate of authenticity from Salaam and the auction house. There is a reserve on bidding.
To bid visit NateDSanders.com or call 310-440-2982. The auction ends at 5 p.m. PST on Aug. 9.