O.J. Simpson Case Study

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Running head: O.J. SIMPSON TRIAL O.J. Simpson Trial Ricardo Yanez III University of Phoenix Essentials of College Writing COMM 215 Louis Saenz Jan 10, 2007 O.J. Simpson Trial Orenthal James Simpson (O.J.) was born July 9, 1947 to Eunice Durden Simpson and James “Jimmy” Lee Simpson in San Francisco California. His parents were separated in 1952. In his childhood, Simpson fought off a great deal of adversity. From the ages three to five, he had to wear homemade braces contracting rickets. In 1960 he joined the Persian Warriors a San Francisco street gang, and was in juvenile hall at the San Francisco Youth Guidance Center in 1962. O.J. Simpson went to the University of Southern California in 1967 and 1968 after playing at a junior college from 1965 to 1966. Simpson led the nation in rushing with 1,451 yards and 11 touchdowns in 1967. In 1968, he rushed for 1,709 yards and 22 touchdowns, earning the Heisman Trophy the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Award that year. Simpson also won the Walter Camp Award in 1967 and was a two-time All-American (1967- 1968). Simpson was drafted by the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills, who got first pick in the 1969 draft after finishing 1-12-1 in 1968. Early in his NFL career, Simpson struggled on poor Buffalo teams, averaging only 622 yards per season for the first three years. Simpson’s 1977 Season in Buffalo was cut short by injury. Before the 1978 season, Simpson signed with the San Francisco 49ers, where he played two unremarkable seasons. For his career, Simpson gained 11,236 rushing yards, placing him 14th on the NFL’s all time rushing list. He was named player of the year in 1972, 1973 and played in six Pro Bowls. Simpson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985. On June 24, 1967, Simpson married Marguerite L. Whitle together they had three children: Arnelle
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