Bidding for Rashaan Salaam’s 1994 Heisman Trophy has reached $128,389 after one week–and we now know the name of the consignor.
Collector and Denver area resident Tyler Tysdal is offering it through SCP Auctions. He’s owned the trophy for a while and says whatever he makes will be turned over to the National Institutes of Health to support research on athletes’ medical conditions, which includes brain injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
In 2013 Salaam sold his Heisman Trophy to a sports memorabilia dealer who resold it to Tysdal that same year. The trophy is accompanied by a letter from Salaam acknowledging the sale. The 42-year-old Salaam shot himself to death last year at a park in Boulder.
“A gifted football player won this trophy. We wanted to honor him by utilizing it to benefit other players who need help,” said Tysdal, who says two of his children suggested helping bring awareness to brain injuries after they suffered concussions. He discussed the auction in this story which aired on Denver’s KDVR-TV.
The auction continues through January 20.