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O.J. Simpson

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson

Full Name: Orenthal James Simpson
Profession: NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Nicknamed the 'Juice' during his professional football career O.J. Simpson became the first player to rush for over 2,000 yards in a 14 game season.

He became infamous for being found not guilty of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown and another man in a court case in 1995. The verdict was shown live on TV and watched by half of the country.

Simpson was convicted in 2008 of armed robbery and kidnapping and sentenced to a nine to 33 year prison term. He was released in 2017.

Born: July 9, 1947
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
Age: 72 years old

Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Cancer

Married Life

  • 1967-06-24 NFL running back, broadcaster, actor and later criminal O.J. Simpson (19) marries Marguerite Whitley
  • 1985-02-02 NFL running back, broadcaster, actor and felon O.J. Simpson marries second wife Nicole Brown (murdered 1994)

Events in the Life of O.J. Simpson

  • 1968-11-26 34th Heisman Trophy Award: O.J. Simpson, Southern Cal (RB)
  • 1969-01-28 1969 NFL Draft: O.J. Simpson from USC first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • 1973-01-21 23rd NFL Pro Bowl, Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas: AFC beats NFC, 33-28; MVP: O. J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills, RB
  • 1973-09-16 Buffalo's O.J. Simpson rushes for a then NFL record 250 yards in Buffalo's 31-13 win at New England
  • 1973-12-16 O.J. Simpson becomes 1st NFL running back to rush for 2,000 yards in a season
  • 1976-11-25 O.J. Simpson gains 273 yards for Buffalo vs Detroit
  • 1994-06-17 O.J. Simpson doesn't turn himself in on murder charges, LA police chase his Ford Bronco for 1½ hours before he eventually gives up (seen live on national TV)
  • 1994-06-20 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson arraigned on murder of Nicole Simpson & Ronald Goldman

  • 1994-06-30 Pre-trial hearings open in LA against O.J. Simpson
  • 1994-07-08 Preliminary trial rules there is enough evidence to try O.J. Simpson
  • 1994-07-13 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson (charged with murder) gives hair samples for testing
  • 1994-07-20 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson offers $500,000 reward for evidence of ex-wife's klller
  • 1994-07-22 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson pleads "Absolutely 100% Not Guilty" of murder
  • 1994-08-22 DNA testing links O.J. Simpson to murder of Nicole Simpson & Ron Goldman
  • 1994-09-29 1st phase of O.J. Simpson murder trial jury selection ends (304 chosen)
  • 1995-01-12 Murder trial against O.J. Simpson, begins in LA
  • 1995-09-29 Trial for former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson sent to the jury
  • 1995-10-03 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson found not guilty of the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman in Los Angeles, California
  • 1995-10-11 O.J. Simpson cancels a TV appearance on Dateline
  • 1996-05-13 O.J. Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict
  • 1996-11-22 O.J. Simpson takes stand as hostile witness in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against him, saying it is "absolutely not true"
  • 1997-02-05 O.J. Simpson found liable in the deaths of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson in a civil court action
  • 1997-02-10 O.J. Simpson jury reaches decision on $25M in punitive damages
  • 1997-02-12 Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O.J. Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement
  • 1999-02-16 O.J. Simpson's 1968 Heisman Trophy is sold for $230,000 to help settle a $33.5 million civil judgement against Simpson for the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend
  • 2008-10-03 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson found guilty of charges of kidnapping and armed robbery
  • 2008-12-05 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson is sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery
  • 2017-10-01 Former NFL star, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson is released from Nevada's Lovelock Prison after 10 years detention for armed robbery and kidnapping

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