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O J Simpson

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O J Simpson Biography

O J Simpson is a retired American football player, actor, spokesman and broadcaster, who has earned infamy for having been tried for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in the year 1994. He originally attained stardom as a running back at the collegiate and professional levels. In fact O J was the first NFL player who have rushed over two thousand yards in a season.

To be specific, O J Simpson was acquitted of the murder case of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in the year 1995 after a long, highly publicized criminal trial. In the year 1997, a default judgment against Simpson was awarded for their wrongful deaths in civil court by a jury, but to date he has paid little of the $33.5 million judgment. Read Full Bio >>

O J Simpson Trivia

  • A computer game (from Banana Productions) entitled "O.J.'s All- American Race to Acquittal" debuted in January 1995, and reveals among other things that O.J.'s full name, Orenthal James Simpson, is an anagram of "O.J. on simple harassment.".
  • He was being implicated for the murder of his wife in June 1994. In November 1995 he was found not guilty after trial and one and a half years of confinement.
  • Football player turned actor/sportscaster
  • He was held liable for the deaths of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman by a jury in a civil suit. The judgment returned held Simpson responsible for compensatory damages to the Goldmans in the amount of 8.5 million dollars. [4 February 1997]
  • Children by first wife, Marguerite L. Whitley: Arnelle L. Simpson (born 4 December 1968) Jason L. Simpson (born 21 April 1970) Aaren Lashone Simpson (24 September 1977 - 26 August 1979) (drowned in family swimming pool)
  • Children by second wife, Nicole Brown: Sydney Brooke Simpson (born 17 October 1985) Justin Ryan Simpson (born 6 August 1988)
  • Was in a street gang called The Persian Kings c. 1954.
  • Was working on a TV movie entitled Frogmen (1994) (TV) shortly before the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. It was reportedly designed to be a pilot for a proposed series, but has never aired.
  • He won the Heisman Trophy in 1968 as a halfback for the University of Southern California.
  • When he retired in 1979, he held the following NFL records: rushing yards in a season with 2,003 (since broken by Eric Dickerson), and touchdowns in a season with 23 (since broken by John Riggins in 1983).
  • Running back for the Buffalo Bills (1969-1977) and San Francisco 49ers (1978-1979).
  • Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
  • He was considered for the title role in The Terminator, but producers feared he was "too nice" to be taken seriously as a cold-blooded killer.
  • Ranks 16th on NFL All-Time Rushing Attempts List (2,404).
  • Ranks 14th on NFL All-Time Rushing Yardage List (11,236).
  • Ranks 21st on NFL All-Time Rushing Average List (4.674).
  • Tied for 30th with Herschel Walker on NFL All-Time Rushing Touchdowns List (61).
  • During his 1998 guest appearance on "The Ruby Wax Show" (1997), Simpson pretended to stab host Ruby Wax with a banana while mimicking the theme music from Psycho (1960).
  • Howard Stern's book "Miss America" was originally titled "Getting Away With Murder" and had a photo of O.J. and Stern (taken at Donald Trump's wedding) on the cover.
  • At the height of his football fame, polls indicated he was one of the top 3 most recognized faces in North America.
  • A Hungarian metal band (Húsdaráló Project) wrote a song about him.
  • Nicole Brown Simpson appeared as a bus passenger in an uncredited role in the made-for-TV movie Detour to Terror (1980) (TV) starring O.J. Simpson.
  • He was Ahmad Rashad's best man at his 1985 wedding to Phylicia Rashad.
  • The first pro football player to grace the cover of "Rolling Stone" (September 8, 1977).
  • The second professional athlete to host "Saturday Night Live" (1975) (February 25, 1978). He was the only former host not invited to attend the show's 25th Anniversary Special.
  • Under terms of their divorce, Marguerite Simpson received a $500,000 trust fund for herself and her two children. In addition, she received $600,000 to purchase a new home and 50% of his deferred income from his pro-football employment contracts. They also divided $3 million in community property.
  • He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

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