People who love American football must hear the legendary name, O. J. Simpson. He is a former American football running back. O. J. Simpson’s nickname is The Juice, and he was one of the most celebrated figures in the United States once.
However, let’s find out the arising question, is O. J. Simpson alive?
O. J. Simpson is currently alive, and he is recently passing the 74th year of his glorious life. Now, he is living in Nevada’s gated community. Though O. J. Simpson is a Hall of Fame of the National Football League, people know him for the murder trial he had gone through.
Life Before Entering to NFL
On 9 July 1947, Orenthal James Simpson, also known as O. J. Simpson, was born in San Francisco, California, United States of America. In addition, he grew up in his birthplace.
O. J. Simpson’s father was Jimmy Lee Simpson, and he was a bank custodian and a chef. On the other hand, O. J. Simpson’s mother’s name is Eunice. She was an administrator of a hospital.
Moreover, O. J. Simpson’s father also worked as a drag queen in the Bay Area of San Francisco. In the final years of Jimmy Lee Simpson, he declared that he was gay. In 1986, he died of AIDS.
O. J. Simpson was very fond of American football since his high school life. At Galileo High School, he played with the football team named Galileo Lions. O. J. Simpson completed high school in 1965.
Later on, O. J. Simpson started studying at City College of San Francisco. There, he played American football as a defensive back and running back.
As O. J. Simpson was an excellent running back, many colleges wanted to take him as a transfer student. In this way, he was able to get into the University of Southern California. After completing college graduation, O. J. Simpson started his professional National Football League career.
Professional Football Career of O. J. Simpson
In 1969, O. J. Simpson started his career as a professional NFL player. He started playing with the team named Buffalo Bills. After playing that season, O. J. Simpson demanded 650 thousand dollars in a five years contract.
Hearing the amount, Ralph Wilson, owner of Buffalo Bills, disagreed. So, O. J. Simpson said that if he did not pay his demand, he would leave football and pursue an acting career. So, Ralph Wilson had to pay his demand, which was the most costly contract in the history of American football.
However, O. J. Simpson played for the Buffalo Bills till 1977, or 9 seasons in total. Later in 1978 and 1979, he played with the San Francisco team. After the season of 1979, O. J. Simpson quit playing American football and came to concentrate on his acting career.
In the season 1973, O. J. Simpson won the award called NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award. Besides, in that same year, he also achieved another award named NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year Award. O. J. Simpson’s Y/G score was 143.1 that season, also the highest score in the history of the NFL.
Acting Career of O. J. Simpson
O. J. Simpson is a very talented soul. Besides playing American football, he has also worked in the American film and television industry.
In 1968, O. J. Simpson did his first acting in a television series named Ironside. It was a crime drama series aired on the NBC channel. In that TV series, O. J. Simpson was in the role of Onlooker.
From 1968 to the present, O. J. Simpson has worked in a vast of 36 television series, reality shows, documentary films, and movies.
The last time O. J. Simpson worked as an actor was in 2018. It was a political satire TV series named Who Is America? He appeared in the 7th episode of the following television series.
O. J. Simpson’s Imprisonment
In 1995, O. J. Simpson was charged with a murder case. His former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her ex-wife’s friend Ron Goldman were stabbed to death. The civil court of Los Angeles found O. J. Simpson was responsible for their death.
Besides, in 2008, O. J. Simpson was sentenced to 33 years of imprisonment in the prison of Navana. The court gave such punishment for his armed robbery. However, O. J. Simpson was released from prison in 2017 for his good behavior.