1968 Heisman Trophy Winner and Pro Football Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson has passed away at the age of 76 due to a battle with cancer, according to his family.

Before his well documented legal issues, Simpson (pictured above) was one of the all-time great running backs in college football history at the University of Southern California, where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1968.  He then became one of the great running backs in National Football League history for the following decade with the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers.  He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

He then embarked on a successful television broadcasting career with NBC (twice) and ABC (twice), as well as an actor in commercials (remember the famous Hertz commercials?) as well as movies like "The Naked Gun" franchise.

Other than that, he is best known for being accused of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman in the summer of 1994.  Simpson was eventually acquitted in 1995 in what was called the "Trial of the Century" in Los Angeles.  While he was later found liable for their murders in the subsequent civil case in 1997, he never served jail time for their deaths.

Simpson did eventually go to jail for trying to steal memorabilia in Las Vegas that he says that he owned back in 2007.  After being found guilty, O.J. served nine years of a 33 year prison sentence before being let out on parole in 2017.

O.J Simpson was 76 years old.

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