O.J. Simpson speaks during his parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Center in 2017
Former NFL running back O.J. Simpson at his parole hearing in 2017 | Jason Bean-Pool/Getty Images

O.J. Simpson is a former NFL running back and actor who win the 1968 Heisman Trophy after a superstar career at the University of Southern California. “The Juice” joined the NFL as the No. 1 pick in the 1969 draft. Before retiring in 1979, Simpson spent 11 seasons with the Buffalo Bills and one season with the 49ers. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Simpson acted in The Naked Gun trilogy (1988, 1991, and 1994). He also appeared in Hertz commercials and Monday Night Football among other gigs. The once-beloved NFL star is most known for being tried and acquitted for murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her companion, Ron Goldman. Later, a civil trial deemed O.J. responsible for both deaths.

In 2007, he was arrested for armed robbery and kidnapping. O.J. received a 33-year prison sentence with the possibility of parole after nine years. In 2017, he was granted parole. Now, O.J. resides in Florida.


  • Former teams: Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers
  • Position: running back
  • Height: 6’1″
  • Accomplishments: 1973 NFL MVP, five-time All-Pro, six-time Pro Bowler, entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985
  • Drafted: No. 1 overall in 1969 by the Buffalo Bills
  • Nickname: The Juice

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