O.J. Simpson was one of professional football's most heralded and famous players. He was the only NFL player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a 14-game season. After retiring from professional football, Simpson also enjoyed a successful career as a football broadcaster and actor.
In 1995, he was charged, but then acquitted, of the 1994 murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman after a long, highly publicized criminal trial. In 1997, a civil court awarded a judgment against Simpson for their wrongful deaths, ordering him to pay $33.5 million to the victims' families (he has since paid little of the fine).
In September 2007, Simpson was arrested in Las Vegas and charged with felonies, including armed robbery and kidnapping. In 2008, he was found guilty and sentenced to 33 years in prison. He will be eligible for parole in 2017.