O.J. Simpson: From Football Greatness to Common Criminal

Micah GreenCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2008

In his college career, O.J. Simpson won the Walter Camp Award (twice), the Maxwell award, and, most coveted of all, the Heisman. He was a two time All-American and rushed for 3,160 yards and 33 touchdowns.

In the NFL, he received six pro bowl selections, a pro bowl MVP award, the Bert Bell Award, NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award, and NFL MVP. He rushed for 11,236 yards and 61 rushing touchdowns. The list could go on, but I'll spare you.

This same man who was once a sign of success and greatness now faces 15 years to life in prison. This same man who ruled the football kingdom at one point is seen in the picture above posing for his mug shot.

Simpson's legal trouble did not start there, though. As most know, in 1994 he was arrested for the murder of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. He was found innocent.

His latest legal problems are, of course, those of the Las Vegas robbery. He was convicted of criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, assault, robbery, and use of a deadly weapon.

How should we feel? Do we feel sorry for him? Do we look down upon him? Do we hate him? My point in this article is that it does not matter how high on the food chain you are. This man who was one of the greatest runners of all-time, has fallen. He has gotten himself into a hole he cannot dig out of now. He had it all, and then gave it up.