Orenthal James Simpson/O.J. Simpson gone at age 76: “The Juice” has run out(Love Him, Like Him, or Hate Him, O.J. Simpson left his mark on our society)

O.J. Simpson dies at 76
from Larry Brown Sports, with Steve DelVecchio, and from YardBarker.com/www.yardbarker.com

O.J. Simpson has died.

Simpson’s family issued a statement on Thursday sharing the news of the 76-year-old’s death. Simpson had been battling cancer.

“On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. During this time of transition, his family asks that you please respect their wishes for privacy and grace,” the Simpson family said in a statement.

A report earlier this year indicated that Simpson had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and was undergoing treatment.

Simpson was one of the most polarizing figures in American history. He was a star running back at USC and then in the NFL after being drafted by the Buffalo Bills with the first overall pick in 1969. Simpson, whose nickname was “The Juice,” played for the Bills for nine years before playing two seasons for the San Francisco 49ers to finish his career.

Simpson was named NFL MVP in 1973. He made five Pro Bowl teams and was a five-time All-Pro. His 11,236 rushing yards currently rank 21st on the NFL’s all-time rushing list.

Though he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985, Simpson is better known for being accused of brutally murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, in 1994. Simpson was acquitted following a lengthy trial that captivated the public’s interest.

Simpson served nine years in prison from 2008-2017 for armed robbery and kidnapping stemming from a confrontation with two sports collectibles dealers at a Vegas casino hotel in 2007. He argued that he only wanted to retrieve memorabilia that was stolen from him years ago after he was acquitted in the double murder of Brown and Goldman.

4 thoughts on “Orenthal James Simpson/O.J. Simpson gone at age 76: “The Juice” has run out(Love Him, Like Him, or Hate Him, O.J. Simpson left his mark on our society)

  1. Let’s look at two different/varying views on the Life and Times of OJ Simpson, after the announcement of his death today….

    from Jeremy Schaap at ESPN:
    “I think we have to keep in perspective here – yes, he was acquitted,” Schaap said about Simpson’s criminal case during a “SportsCenter” appearance, according to Kevin Harrish of Awful Announcing. “But anyone who has seriously looked at the evidence – anyone who saw Ezra Edelman’s brilliant film for ESPN about O.J. Simpson – would have to come to the conclusion that he was a murderer. And so, am I filled with sorrow today? I am not.”

    from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, of which OJ Simpson is a member:
    “O.J. Simpson was the first player to reach a rushing mark many thought could not be attained in a 14-game season when he topped 2,000 yards,” Pro Football Hall of Fame president Jim Porter said for an official release. “His on-field contributions will be preserved in the Hall’s archives in Canton, Ohio.”

  2. O.J. Simpson was the best running back in the history of the National Football League. Don’t matter what he did after football, he was the best back in the NFL. Nobody else even close. 2,000 yards in a 14 game season, that is unreal. Do what O.J. did these days? Not happening!!!!!!!!!!

  3. He is the best to ever play the game. OJ Simpson was the NFL in his day, back in the 70’s. Loved this man and he helped a lot of people.

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