NCAA career: 1967-68
NCAA stats: 22 G, 32.3 RUN-PASS TOUCHES/G, 5.3 RUN-PASS YDS/TOUCH, 1.6 TD/G
All-American selections: 1967-68
NCAA championships: 1967
College Football Hall of Fame: 1983
NFL career: 1969-1979
NFL teams: Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers
NFL stats: 135 G, 19.3 RUN-PASS TOUCHES/G, 5.1 RUN-PASS YDS/TOUCH, 0.6 TD/G
Pro Bowls: 1969, 1972-76
Super Bowl championships: none
Pro Football Hall of Fame: 1985
Bottom line: There are heroes and villains. Then there’s O.J., who’s a whole lot of both.
As much as I despise the pathetic human, I admire the world-class athlete. The absurd vision. The instinctive cuts. The insane burst speed. Whooooosh! Thirty-two-plus touches per game in college? Yowza.
His 64-yard jaunt in the 1967 showdown against rival UCLA remains the single greatest play in USC history. (It was a joke that he finished a close second to Bruins quarterback Gary Beban in the Heisman Trophy race that year, or else he would have been the first back-to-back winner.)
Then O.J. became the first NFL player to rush for 2,000-plus yards in one season. In 14 games, no less.
Of all the great USC backs, only this one was historically great at both levels.
Yep, Lucifer is gonna have a hell of a tailback down there, all right.