O.J. Simpson is gone. He died recently from cancer, but Simpson's legacy lives on, both the good and the bad.

"The Juice" was among the best to play in the National Football League, but his reputation eventually soured. Simpson is remembered most for the time he spent in court and jail.

Orenthal James Simpson was born in San Francisco, California, on July 9, 1947. Simpson played 11 years in the NFL, mainly with the Buffalo Bills, and is considered one of the greatest running backs in the NFL.

Simpson earned the Heisman Trophy while a member of the USC Trojans, and in 1969, he was drafted by the Bills. Simpson was traded to the San Francisco 49ers and played there for two seasons before retiring in 1979.

O.J. Simpson Ejected In Foxboro After Fight With Patriots Player
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Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985, the list of Simpson's accomplishments is too lengthy to list here. Check him out at the Pro Football Hall of Fame website.

After football, Simpson turned to acting and sports broadcasting.

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Most Americans will remember O.J. Simpson's double murder trial. In 1995, a jury found Simpson not guilty of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Simpson served prison time following his conviction for a 2007 violent room invasion at a Las Vegas hotel.

New England Patriots fans may recall Simpson being ejected from a game in Foxboro on Sunday, November 7, 1976.

Simpson and the Bills were in town to face the Pats at Schaefer Stadium when "The Juice" was tossed out for fighting with New England defensive lineman Mel Lunsford.

O.J. Simpson Ejected In Foxboro After Fight With Patriots Player
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United Press International (UPI) reported, "Simpson tried to turn the right corner 9:09 into the first period, but was met by three New England defenders."

"Lunsford threw Simpson to the ground for no gain," UPI reported. "The Buffalo back bounced up and swung at Lundsford who protected himself by whacking Simpson in the helmet."

It was the first time Simpson was ejected from a game. Lundsford was not ejected. After the game, Simpson told reporters Lunsford "slung me on my head."

Simpson said he didn't believe in fighting but "you can't allow the guy to do that."

Simpson died on April 10, 2024. He was 76.

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