Orenthal James Simpson better known as O. J. Simpson was born on July 9, 1947. He was an American football player and is now incarcerated for numerous felonies. Also known as “The Juice”, Simpson briefly acted in a couple of films and was a football broadcaster as well. One of his accomplishments which got him famous was the fact that he was the first to rush more than 2000 yards as a football player. He set this benchmark back in 1973 and he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985. A major record he set was that of 143.1 yards per game, something to be extremely proud of.
However, a decade later, his life turned around completely. In 1994, he was caught in a spiral that lasted for a long time. His ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were found murdered in June of 1994. O. J. Simpson was the prime suspect but was subsequently acquitted of double homicide and all associated criminal charges after a lengthy and publicly followed trial. During this time, he spent his days with Denice Shakarian Halicki and Robert Kardashian in the Kardashian household and spectators saw Robert with a garment bag that supposedly had evidence linking Simpson to the crime. After prosecutors finished examination of the evidence (allegedly his bloody clothes and the murder weapon) in 1997, the findings of a civil court revealed him as liable for the wrongful death Ronald Goldman and the stabbing of Nicole Brown Simpson. O. J. Simpson was then ordered to pay Goldman’s father $33.5 million in damages. What followed was a lengthy and time consuming process of lawsuits filed against him by Goldman’s father to obtain right of property and negative publicity for the retired celebrity. In 2007, he was arrested by the Nevada police and charged with kidnapping, armed robbery and other felonies. He was then found guilty and sentenced to imprisonment for 33 years. He currently serves his sentence in Lovelock, Nevada.
His career before these unfortunate instances was quite eventful. He was awarded a scholarship to the University of Southern California in the late 1960s. Moving from college he started playing football professionally in 1969. He was drafted by American Football League’s Buffalo Bills. His initial struggle to rise as a star was visible and it was not until the 1976 game against the Detroit Lions that he actually came into the spotlight. His career with Buffalo Bills was cut short the very next year because of an injury. After two seasons with San Francisco 49ers, he was the fastest player to gain 1000 yards in a season as well as the fastest player to gain 2000 rushing yards in as season.
Simpson started his acting career with Roots (1997), a television mini-series. From there on he moved to other box office hits such as The Towering Inferno (1974), Capricorn One (1978), Back To The Beach (1987) and The Naked Gun Trilogy (1988, 1991, 1994). He also worked as a broadcaster for Monday Night Football and hosted an episode from Saturday Night Live. He also made use of his charismatic appeal and endorsed brands like the Hertz Rental Car Company and Pioneer Chicken. He also appeared in print ads for Dingo Cowboy Boots.
O. J. Simpson is currently in Nevada and as per sources, he has converted to Islam in 2014. He has led an eventful live and continues to serve his sentence which was a result of the “trial of the century”.