OJ Simpson: Famous Athlete to Funny Actor to Scary Criminal
Heisman winner, check. NFL MVP, check. A slew of other football awards and records, check, check, check. Friend of a Kardashian, last good check.
The guy retired with 11,236 total rushing yards after 10 seasons in the league, and he's still the only player to rush for over 200 yards in a game six times. What else could a highly decorated collegiate and professional athlete want? A shot at the silver screen, of course. In fact, Simpson didn't even wait until he was done with football in '79 before he transitioned into film acting. Simpson sustained a pretty successful career into the 1990's, most remembered for his role in the "Naked Gun" franchise playing Nordberg prior to his personal trials and tribulations.
As if falling down a flight of stairs in a wheelchair isn’t bad enough, Simpson was facing arrest for double murder charges in June 1994. Simpson fled the day he was supposed to turn himself in, which gave us a nationally televised slow-paced car chase that I’m sure any cognizant being with a TV at the time could remember. He was eventually tried in 1995 for the murders of his ex-wife and her friend Ron Goldman, and was found not guilty in the “Trial of the Century.”
Simpson faced a civil trial two years later where the judge awarded $33.5 million to the Goldman family, which Simpson did little to pay. Simpson is now locked up for 33 years with a parole option after a mandatory nine years, stemming from his involvement a Las Vegas robbery back in 2008. Needless to say, "The Juice" is no longer loose.