Who is O.J. Simpson?
O.J. Simpson, now 72 years old, has been a household name for a decade.
Orenthal James Simpson, widely known as “O.J. Simpson” or “The Juice,” is a famous former American football player who has attained record-breaking awards, an actor, a sports commentator, an advertising spokesman, a convicted criminal.
O.J. Simpson is best known for the murder trial of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.
His controversy is one that millions of people over the world have watched.
So join me while I write you the story of a convicted felon who once lived a life of fame and wealth only to be brought down by his karma.
|Full name||Orenthal James Simpson|
|Nickname||O.J., The Juice|
|Birthdate||July 9, 1947|
|Birthplace||San Francisco, California|
|Parents||Eunice SimpsonJimmy Lee Simpson|
|Siblings||Melvin Lean ‘Truman’ Simpson (dead) Shirley Simpson-Baker Carmelita Simpson-Durio (dead)|
|Spouse||Nicole Brown (1985-1989) Marguerite L. Whitley (1967- 1979)|
|Children||With Marguerite: Arnelle L. Simpson, Jason Lamar Simpson, and Aaren Lashone Simpson|
With Nicole: Sydney Brooke Simpson, and Justin Ryan Simpson
|Height||6 feet 1 inch|
|Career||American football player, actor, sports commentator|
|Net worth||$3 million|
O.J. Simpson childhood
O.J. Simpson was born on July 9, 1947, to Eunice Simpson and Jimmy Lee Simpson in San Francisco, California.
He has three siblings: Melvin Leon ‘Truman’ Simpson, Shirley Simpson-Baker, and Carmelita Simpson-Durio.
Simpson was named ‘Orenthal’ after his aunt’s favorite French actor.
Simpson’s mother was a hospital administrator, while his father was a chef and a bank custodian. Interestingly, his father was also a drag queen in San Francisco Bay Area and announced that he was gay.
His parents separated in 1968, and then he was raised by his mother at her maternal home. His father later died of AIDS in 1986.
As a child, he had rickets and wore braces until he was five years old.
As a teenager, he joined a street gang called “The Persian Warriors” and got briefly jailed at the San Francisco Youth Guidance Center for robbery. That is where he met a person who acted as a hero in his life, Willie Mays.
Willie made him realize that he could achieve his dreams.
O.J. Simpson education
O.J. completed his high schooling at Galileo High School (Now: Galileo Academy of Science and Technology), San Francisco.
He played for the school football team, The Galileo lions.
He enrolled at City College of San Francisco and played football as a running back and defensive back. He was named to the Junior College All- American team as a running back.
After City College won the Prune Bowl, many colleges wanted O.J Simpson as their transfer student. However, he chose the University of Southern California (USC) as it was his dream university.
USC is a big deal for every American football player.
O.J. Simpson road to fame
After being enrolled as a transfer student at USC, O.J. Simpson started playing as a running back for head coach John McKay in 1967 and 1968.
Under his guidance, Simpson’s gameplay was regarded as one of the greatest football games of the 20th century.
Simpson won the ‘Walter Camp Award’ in 1967 and was a two-time All- American.
All-American is the College Football All-America team, an honor given to the best American college football players at their respective positions annually.
In 1968, he won the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, and the Walter Camp Award. He also held the record for the Heisman’s most significant margin of victory.
O.J Simpson professional football career
Buffalo Bills wanted O.J Simpson on the first selection for the 1969 AFL-NFL (American Football League- National Football League) Common Draft in 1968. But, Simpson demanded what seemed to be the largest contract in sports history — $650,000 for over five years.
He threatened to skip professional football and pursue an acting career instead. So Buffalo Bills’ owner, Ralph Wilson, gave in and agreed to pay Simpson.
O.J Simpson struggled in his first three years of professional football. He was trained by John Rauch and was assigned to try out and play from different positions like blocking and receiving duties instead of running back.
Buffalo Bills even brought another coach, Harvey Johnson, after Rauch resigned. Despite this, Simpson was still ineffective.
Johnson was fired, and Lou Saban was brought as the head coach in 1971. Saban made Simpson the centerpiece of Buffalo Bills’ offense in 1973.
From then on, Simpson became the first player to break the highly coveted 2,000-yard rushing mark with 2,003 total rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.
Many of the other players have broken the 2,000-yard mark, but what makes Simpson unique is the fact that he established it in a time when the NFL had only 14 games per season.
It has 16 games per season now.
He also won that year’s NFL MVP Award and Bert Bell Award.
O.J Simpson was placed on the 2nd NFL’s all-time rushing list with 11,236 rushing yards by the time he retired in 1976.
He now stands on the 21st.
During his football career, he was named the NFL player of the year in 1973 and is the only player to rush over 200 yards in six different games in his career.
He won the NFL rushing title four times. He was also enlisted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
In 2019, he was named to the National Football League 100th Anniversary of the All-time team.
He gained his nickname ‘Juice’ as a metaphorical synonym to his powerful entity and for the best gameplay, he showed on the ground.
The list of awards O.J Simpson won on his football career is listed as below:
|1972- 1976||5 x Pro Bowl|
|1972-1976||5 x First-Team All-Pro|
|1973||NFL Most Valuable Player|
|1973||NFL Offensive Player of the Year|
|1973||Bert Bell Award|
|1973||A.P. Athlete of the Year|
|1972, 1973, 1975, 1976||4 x NFL rushing touchdown leader|
|1973, 1975||2 x NFL rushing touchdown leader|
|Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame|
|NFL 1970s All-Decade Team|
|NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team|
|NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team|
|1967||Walter Camp Award|
|1967, 1968||2 x Unanimous All-American|
O.J Simpson’s acting career
After retiring from football, he moved into the acting and sports commentary field and had his show. Below are the lists of all the films and shows that he has been a part of.
|1968||IronsideDragnet||Price tag death Community Relations DR:10||OnlookerStudent|
|1969||Medical Center||The last 10 yards||Bro Wiley|
|1972||Code’s County||Blackout||Jeff Hughes|
|1973||Here’s Lucy||The Big Game||Himself|
|1974||The KlansmanO.J Simpson: Juice on the loose|
The Towering Inferno
|1976||The Cassandra CrossingKilling Force||HaleyAlexander|
|1977||A killing affair Roots||Woodrow YorkKadi Touray|
|1978||Capricorn One||Cmdr. John Walker|
|1979||Fire PowerGoldie and the Boxer||CatlettJoe Gallagher|
|1980||Detour to terror||Lee Hayes|
|1981||Goldie and the Boxer Go to Hollywood||Joe Gallagher|
|1983||Cocaine and Blue EyesHambone and Hillie||Michael BrennenTucker|
|1985-91||1st and Ten||5 episodes||T.D Parker|
|1987||Back to the BeachStudent exchange||A man at the airport Soccer Coach|
|1988||The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad||Detective Nordberg|
|1989||In the heat of the night||Walkout||Councilman Lawson Stiles|
|1991||The Naked Gun2 ½: The smell of fear||Detective Nordberg|
|1993||CIA Code Name: AlexaFor goodness sake|
No place to hide
|Nick MurphyMan in restaurant|
|1994||Naked Gun: 33 1/3: The Final resultFrogmen||Detective NordbergJohn ‘Bullfrog’ Burke|
|2006||Juiced with O.J Simpson||Himself|
|2011||Jail||Season 2, Episode 18||Himself|
|2018||Who is America?||Episode 7||Himself|
O.J Simpson relationships
O.J Simpson married Marguerite L. Whitley on June 19, 1967.
He and Marguerite have three children: Arnelle L. Simpson, born in 1968; Jason Lamar Simpson, born in 1970; and Aaren Lashone Simpson, born in 1977.
The youngest of all, Aaren drowned in the family’s swimming pool and died in 1979.
You can read about the son of OJ Simpson Jason Simpson over here.
O.J. Simpson affair
While he was still married to Marguerite, Simpson started dating Nicole Brown. He met Nicole in 1977 at a nightclub called “The Daisy,” where she was working as a waitress.
O.J Simpson divorced Whitley in March 1979.
After eight years of dating, Simpson married Nicole Brown on February 2, 1985. He was already retired from football then.
They had two children: Sydney Brooke Simpson, born in 1985, and Justin Ryan Simpson, born in 1988. Their marriage lasted for seven years, during which Simpson was accused of domestic violence in 1989.
Nicole filed for divorce due to irreconcilable differences. She got $433,000 as a divorce settlement and $10,000 a month for child support.
O.J. Simpson controversy
O.J. Simpson was the name of the American household because of his football and acting career and the significant controversies he has been a part of.
Simpson’s fame took a dark turn after becoming involved in the following controversies, which were internationally publicized:
The murder trial of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman
He was accused and tried in the murder of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.
Both of the victims were murdered outside Brown’s residency in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles on June 12, 1994.
Brown and Goldman were both stabbed to death.
He had not turned himself in for the murder of two.
On June 17, 1994, he became the subject of a freeway chase while riding as a passenger in a car driven by his long-time friend, Al Cowlings.
Even though the vehicle was at an acceptable speed, the pursuit, arrest, and trial of O.J Simpson were highly publicized in American history.
He was declared ‘not guilty’ for the murder.
Civil Lawsuit by Ron Goldman’s family
After Simpson was declared not guilty, Goldman’s family filed a civil lawsuit against Simpson. The case rested on January 16, 1997.
On February 5, 1997, a civil jury in Santa Monica, California, found Simpson liable for the wrongful death and assault against Goldman.
Simpson was ordered to pay the Goldman family $33,500,000 in damages.
Also, in February 1999, his Heisman Trophy and other memorabilia were auctioned, and almost $500,000 went to Goldman’s family.
Assault and Burglary
Simpson got arrested in Miami- Dade County for assaulting and burglary of an occupied conveyance.
The case of him yanking the glasses off another motorist during a traffic dispute about three months ago was brought to light too.
However, he was tried and bailed of both charges in October 2001.
On July 4, 2002, Simpson got arrested in Miami- Dade County yet again for water speeding through a Manatee protection zone and failing to comply with boating regulations.
Simpson was fined for the speeding infraction only.
In March 2004, DirecTV, Inc – a satellite television network – accused O.J. Simpson of using illegal electronic devices to pirate its broadcast signals in a Miami federal court.
O.J. was found guilty and had to pay the company $25,000 plus $33,678 in attorney fees.
The Big Las Vegas Robbery
In September 2007, Simpson led a group of men into a bizarre robbery at the Palace Station Hotel- Casino, Las Vegas.
He wanted the sports memorabilia, which he said was stolen from him.
Even though he held people at gunpoint, he lied about carrying a gun and breaking into the hotel room when asked by the policemen.
He was arrested and held without bail.
Simpson and three other men were charged with multiple felony counts, including kidnapping, robbery, assault, criminal conspiracy, and using a deadly weapon.
After his three co-defendants snitched, O.J. was sentenced to a total of 33 years in prison, with the possibility of parole after nine years.
O.J Simpson’s release
O.J Simpson got released on October 1, 2017, after serving for nine years.
He was granted parole after the Nevada Parole Board considered Simpson’s prior record of criminal convictions and proper behavior in prison.
O.J. Simpson net worth
Simpson currently has a net worth of $3 million.
Before the trial, in 1994, he was worth $11 million. At that time, his career and fame were at their peak.
After his divorce settlement, child support, and paying Goldman’s family for damages, he lost half of his earnings.
His current income comes from his pension money, which he receives from the NFL. He had also saved money while he was in prison.
He also receives $1700 per month from the Screen Actors Guild pension.
O.J. Simpson social media
O.J. Simpson is mostly active on Twitter as @TheRealOJ32 and has over 950.9K followers.
He also has a Facebook page by his name- O.J Simpson, and has 3,980 followers, but he doesn’t seem to be active on there.
O.J. Simpson now
Currently, O.J Simpson resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, since he was not welcome to stay in Florida with his family.
He occasionally hosts memorabilia autograph sessions for income. He has a tidy profit coming each month so that he doesn’t need to worry about being seized to pay the Goldman family.
He hosts sports commentary on Twitter and spends time playing golf.
He has settled into a more stable life, which allows him to see his kids while maintaining a good standing with Nevada Parole Officials.
With a rollercoaster of life like O.J. Simpsons, we can learn that we always have to be ready for whatever life throws us.
If you don’t want to lose what you have, better be safe than sorry.