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OJ’s last run

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OJ Simpson, the legendary former American football player, has died at the age of 76 due to cancer.

(Times Media Mexico – USA) – The one-time Buffalo Bills running back, who was on trial for the double murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, in the 1990s, died Wednesday, April 10, 2024, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Simpson was once one of the most critical players in NFL history. After shining in his collegiate career with the Southern California Trojans, with whom he won the prestigious Heisman Trophy in 1968, recognizing the best college soccer player in the United States, OJ signed with the Buffalo Bills, with whom he would mark a brilliant career.

Among his countless achievements, he was the first player to total more than 2,000 yards (2,003) in a single season (1973), which earned him election as the NFL’s Most Valuable Player that year.

Simpson went on to play in six Pro Bowls, the game that brings together the NFL’s biggest stars each season, and in 1985, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. When he retired in 1979, after two gray years with the San Francisco 49ers, he was the second player with the most ground yards in the competition’s history (19,236).

Simpson was already an enormous personality but became even more popular in the United States as he starred in numerous advertising campaigns. In Mexico, he was better known for his acting work and participation in a comedy trilogy starring Leslie Nielsen called “The Naked Gun.”

In 1994, he was accused of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and his friend, Ron Goldman. His arrest, after a Hollywood-tinged police car chase down a Los Angeles freeway, was only the foretaste of a trial that became part of popular history since his trial became a referendum on racism in American society, dividing it in two, with the African-American population primarily defending the innocence of one of its great icons.

On October 3, 1995, after 15 months of the most mediatic trial in US history, OJ was found “not guilty” of both murders and was released. However, his image was completely damaged. Two years later, he was found guilty of both deaths by a civil court and ordered to pay $33,500,000 in damages.

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