“O. J. Simpson”
“O. J.” Simpson (born July 9, 1947), nicknamed “The Juice”, is a retiredAmerican football player, football broadcaster, spokesman, actor, and convicted felon.
Originally attaining a public profile in sports as a running back at the collegiate and professional levels, Simpson was the first NFL player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season, a mark he set during the 1973 season. While five other players have passed the 2,000 rush yard mark he stands alone as the only player to ever rush for more than 2,000 yards in a 14-game season (the NFL changed to a 16-game season in 1978). He also holds the record for the single season yards-per-game average which stands at 143.1 ypg. Simpson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
In 1995, Simpson was acquitted of the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman after a lengthy, internationally publicized criminal trial — the People v. Simpson. A 1997 judgment against Simpson for their wrongful deaths was awarded in civil court in a case which he did not actively defend, but to date he has paid little of the $33.5 million judgment. His book, If I Did It (2006), related to the murders, purports to be a first-person fictional account of the murder had he actually committed it, was withdrawn by the publisher just before its release. The book was later released by the Goldman family.
In September 2007, Simpson was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada, and charged with numerous felonies, including armed robbery and kidnapping. A jury found Simpson guilty of all charges on October 3, 2008; and he was sentenced on December 5 to at least nine years in prison. He is currently serving his sentence at the Lovelock Correctional Centerin Lovelock, Nevada
University of Southern California
Simpson gained an athletic scholarship to the University of Southern California where he played running back in 1967 and 1968. Simpson led the nation in rushing in 1967 when he ran for 1,451 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. He also led the nation in rushing the next year with 355 carries for 1,709 yards.
In 1967, he starred in the 1967 USC vs. UCLA football game and was a Heisman Trophy candidate as a junior, but he did not win the award. His 64 yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter tied the game, with the PAT the margin of victory. This was the biggest play in what is regarded as one of the greatest football games of the 20th century
The October 27, 1968 regular-season NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers was dubbed the “O.J. Bowl“, as it was thought the loser would be awarded the first pick in the 1969 NFL Draft and thereby secure Simpson for the following season. The Steelers won 6–3 (on 2 field goals by Booth Lusteg), however, neither team captured the first draft pick.
Simpson was drafted by the AFL‘s Buffalo Bills, who got first pick in the 1969 draft after finishing 1–12–1 in 1968. Early in his NFLcareer, Simpson struggled on poor Buffalo teams, averaging only 622 yards per season for his first three