When the majority of the general public thinks of or hears the name O.J. Simpson, not many would attach his name to a memory that he’d like them to. For the most part, the immediate thought is of the chilling homicides of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, as well as the almost year-long criminal trial surrounding the crime to which he was ultimately acquitted.
Once affectionately known as “The Juice”, the former NFL player’s legacy would quickly be tarnished after the events. Folks would quicker remember the glove or the low-speed pursuit in the white Ford Bronco that was heavily covered by the media before remembering his award-winning football career.
The grip on the world’s attention swiftly tightened as the case began to heat up and intensify. Simpson has maintained his innocence for years, even years later appearing in questionable interviews. Lest we also forget the published book “If I Did It” which gave a “hypothetical account” of the crimes he’d been accused of.
The now 74-year-old has been attempting to live out his days in some sort of normalcy within the years following the case and following a prison stint for a felony robbery case in 2008. In a bit of good news, recently The Athletic revealed that Simpson was included in their list of the “NFL 100” solidifying their top 100 NFL players of all time.
Simpson placed at number 41 on the list and did an interview with Tim Graham to commemorate his position. In the interview, Simpson shared that his life is pretty good at the moment and that people love him.
“How many Americans, even today, wouldn’t like to live my life? I don’t work. I play golf four or five days a week. I go out to dinner a couple of nights with friends,” boasts Simpson. “People want to buy me drinks. I’m always taking pictures with people. Ladies hug me. People truly care for me. You don’t know who truly cares about you until you’ve gone through some serious stuff, and I’ve gone through serious stuff. The media won’t say it, but that is my life. I’m living a good life now.”
As for his legacy, Simpson is aware of the stigma surrounding his name, but he has one hope that people will choose to remember him for. “I hope it starts out with football. I know they’re going to add the other stuff,” Simpson expressed to Graham. “The L.A. thing, unfortunately, some people wrongfully believe something, but I moved on. I still think I’m a good guy. I didn’t let it change me. It did for a while. I was angry for a while, but I treat everybody the way I want to be treated.”
Simpson then revealed that he has “trouble” with being ins Los Angeles. Currently, Simpson lives in Vegas. “People may think this is self-serving, but I might be sitting next to whoever did it. I really don’t know who did this,” he shared.
The former football player continued, “I figured eventually somebody would confess to something, you know?” Simpson said. “I had one suspect I told my lawyers to look at. I still think he might be involved, but I can’t talk about it.”