O. J. Simpson

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O. J. Simpson
O.J. Simpson 1990 · DN-ST-91-03444.JPEG
Simpson in 1990
No. 32
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1947-07-09) July 9, 1947 (age 71)
Place of birth: San Francisco, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school: San Francisco (CA) Galileo
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Debuted in 1969 for the Buffalo Bills
Last played in 1979 for the San Francisco 49ers
Career history
Career highlights and awards



Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards 11,236
Average 4.7
Rushing TDs 61
Stats at NFL.com
Pro Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame

Orenthal James "O. J." Simpson (born July 9, 1947), also known by his nickname, The Juice, is a retired American football player. He originally attained stardom as a running back at the collegiate and professional levels, and was the first NFL player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season. He later worked as an actor, spokesman, and broadcaster.

Murder of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman[change | change source]

He was tried for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1994. The criminal court in Los Angeles, California found that Simpson was not guilty of those murders, in 1995. The criminal case was a long one. In 1997, Simpson was found liable for their wrongful deaths in civil court, but to date he has paid little of the $33.5 million judgment.[1] He gained further notoriety in late 2006 when he wrote a book titled If I Did It. The book, which purports to be a first-person fictional account of the murder had he committed it, was withdrawn by the publisher just before its release. The book was later released by the Goldman family and the title of the book was expanded to If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer (ISBN 978-0-8253-0588-7). As of March 2016, interest has grown in his murder case after a former police officer came forward with a knife that may have been used as the murder weapon.[2]

Conviction[change | change source]

In September 2007, Simpson faced more lawsuits, as he was arrested[3] and subsequently charged with numerous felonies, including but not limited to robbery, burglary, assault, first-degree kidnapping with use of a deadly weapon (which carries a possible life sentence), coercion with use of a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit a crime.[4] Simpson was convicted on all counts.[5] He was imprisoned at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada.

Parole and release[change | change source]

On July 20, 2017, Simpson was granted parole. He was released from prison on October 1, 2017.[6][7][8]

Career[change | change source]

Simpson played T.D. Parker in the TV series 1st & Ten: The Championship from 1986 to 1991. In 1995 he won the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor.

References[change | change source]

  1. "O.J. Simpson ordered to stop spending - CNN.com". web.archive.org. 5 March 2007.
  2. Karimi, Faith; Martinez, Michael; Glover, Scott. "O.J. Simpson case: Questions, new twists after reports of knife discovery". CNN. Retrieved 05 March 2016. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. "O.J. Simpson's Las Vegas Police Arrest Report" (HTML). FindLaw. 16 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-18. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2007/images/09/18/criminal.complaint.pdf
  5. "OJ Simpson given lengthy sentence". 6 December 2008 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
  6. Shapiro, Emily (20 July 2017). "OJ Simpson granted parole for Las Vegas robbery". ABC News. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  7. CNN, Meg Wagner, Amanda Wills and AnneClaire Stapleton. "O.J. Simpson goes free: Live updates". CNN. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  8. "After nine years, O.J. Simpson is out of prison and on parole". NBC News. Retrieved 2017-10-13.