Orenthal James “The Juice” Simpson was an American notable in the field of football. He was born on July 9, 1947, in San Francisco, California, to Eunice Simpson, a hospital administrator, and Jimmy Simpson, a chef, and bank custodian. Growing up, O.J. Simpson joined a street gang, the Persian Warriors. Following that, he was briefly confined to the San Francisco Youth Guidance Center.
Aside from playing as a running back in football, Simpson was also an actor, advertiser, broadcaster, and spokesman. Also, he was once a popular figure best known for attempting to murder Nicole Brown Simpson, his ex-wife, and Ron Goldman, her friend, in 1994.
During his early days, Simpson had attended the Galileo High School, now called Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, located in San Francisco. In their, Simpson had played for the Galileo Lions, the school’s football team. Although he was an All-City football player, his high school grades had prevented him from attracting college recruiters. In 1965, he then enrolled at City College of San Francisco. In there, he played as a running back and defensive back. Subsequently,in a game against Long Beach State, City College had won. As a result, many colleges had sought Simpsons.
Simpson then chose to attend the University of Southern California, which he admired when he was still young. In there, he played for the USC Trojans and won the Heisman trophy.Following that, from the year 1969 to 1977, Simpson became a professional running back for eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL).
He initially played with the Buffalo Bills and was signed a contract that was then the largest contract in sports history, an amount of $650, 000 over five years. In 1972, for the first time in his career, Simpson rushed for over 1,000 yards. In addition to that, Simpson had also won several awards, including the NFL MVP Awards and Bert Bell Award. Following that, in 1975, he won the rushing title again after his 1, 817 rushing yards with his sixteen touchdowns. In the following years, Simpson had only played seven games in the 1977 season after it was cut short by an injury.
Subsequently, from the year 1978 to 1979, he played for the San Francisco 49ers for two seasons. In there, he had a rushing yard of 1,053 yards, along with four touchdowns. His last game with the team lasted was on December 16, 1979, on a 31-21 loss against the Atlanta Falcons.
Over the course of his career, Simpson had gained about 11 236 rushing yards. With this, he was placed second on the NFL’s All-Time Rushing List after his retirement. However, currently, Simpson stands 21st on the list. Moreover, he was also named as the player of the year in 1973. All in all, Simpson had played in six Pro Bowls and was the only player who rushed over 2,000 yards in the fourteen-gamesregular season. During his career, he had also rushed for over 200 yards in six different games. Furthermore,in 1983, Simpson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Following that, in 1985, he was also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In all his eleven-season hall of fame career, Simpson had only played one playoff game, which was the 1974 Division Playoff between the teams Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills. In there, he held forty-nine rushing yards and one touchdown. Afterward, he had acquired the name “The Juice” since his initials were O.J., a common abbreviation for orange juice. Also, “Juice” was also used as a colloquial term for electricity or electrical power.
Among his records in the National Football League, Simpson held the record of 1,025 rushing yards in seven games in 1973. As well as that he also had a rushing yard of 1,005 rushing yards in the 1975 seven games, in which he tied with the football running back, Terrell Lamar Davis. Aside from that, Simpson was the fastest player to gain 2,000 rushing yards in 1973. In fact, he had obtained a record of 2,003 in about fourteen games at that time. Moreover, he had the most rushing yard per game in season, in about 143.1 per game in the year 1973.