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O.J. Simpson Announced As 1960s Finalist For Rose Bowl All-Century Class ^ | October 27, 2013 7:25 PM

Posted on 10/27/2013 7:55:20 PM PDT by BenLurkin

PASADENA ( — O.J. Simpson has been announced as a finalist from the 1960s for the Rose Bowl Game All-Century Class, alongside former USC football coach John McKay and former Wisconsin quarterback Ron VanderKelen.

Simpson, 66, has served five years at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, following his conviction on the charges of armed robbery.

In 1994, Simpson’s heavily-publicized murder trial, concerning the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, brought the former tailback to national attention. The trial, which lasted eight months, resulted in his acquittal.

Simpson was named Player of the Game in the 1968 Rose Bowl, in which he ran for 128 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns in the Trojans’ 14-3 win over Indiana, giving USC the 1967 National Championship.

In 1969, Simpson ran for 171 yards on 28 carries as USC lost the Rose Bowl to Ohio State 27-16.

The controversial former football star, who also saw some fame on the big screen, is also reportedly interesting in becoming a televangelist upon his anticipated release from prison, according to his manager, Norman Pardo,

McKay, who was five Rose Bowl Games as a coach, is tied for the record of most Rose Bowl wins for a coach with fellow Trojan, Howard Jones. His eight appearances as a coach also ties the late Woody Hayes of Ohio State for second, behind the late Bo Schembechler of Michigan, who made 10 appearances.

VanderKelen set three Rose Bowl records in 1963, including passing yards (401), completions (33), and attempts (48) in the Badgers 42-37 loss to USC.

A number of players and coaches representing each decade, selected by a committee consisting of members of the Football Writers Association of America, is to be announced each Sunday through the remainder of the 2013 college football regular season, in anticipation of the 100th Rose Bowl Game.

The All-Century Class will be announced on December 8, in which one representative from each decade, along with one player and one coach to be selected as the greatest in the history of the oldest bowl game in college football.

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KEYWORDS: california; florida; nevada; nicolebrownsimpson; ojsimpson; ronaldgoldman
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Karras thought the Detroit Lions were going to win all the games he bet on them.

21 posted on 10/27/2013 10:03:50 PM PDT by donmeaker (The lessons of Weimar will soon be repeated.)
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To: BenLurkin

OJ was fine until he moved to Westwood.

22 posted on 10/27/2013 10:34:33 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: donmeaker
Yes, what he did in his private life can take away from his career.

Ask Pete Rose about that, or Alex Karras.

Murder is worse than gambling, don’t you agree?

Of course, and OJ obviously got away with the murder of two people. But this is a list for the top performers in the Rose Bowl, not a list of Rose Bowl players who have lived their lives without brutally murdering other people.

Simpson played in the Rose Bowl twice, was named Player of the Game in 1968 and gained over 170 yards in the Rose Bowl the following year - a record at the time. Pretending that he didn't do these things is like pretending that Jesse James and Billy the Kid weren't two of the most famous names of the Old West because both were murderers.

23 posted on 10/28/2013 12:49:40 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: BenLurkin

Do you have to murder your wife to be nominated?

24 posted on 10/28/2013 12:55:50 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Squantos
"Said Lance Armstrong ....."

and Pete Rose.....

25 posted on 10/28/2013 5:18:13 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Cyman

he’s going to join forces with Obama to find the real culprits of Benghazi and bring them to justice too. They can accomplish this on a tour of the worlds golf courses.

26 posted on 10/28/2013 5:22:28 AM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: BenLurkin

How come they don’t mention the civil suit in which Orenthal was held responsible for the murder of two people?

27 posted on 10/28/2013 5:29:36 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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