In the almost 100 year history of the National Football League (NFL) just 7 people have actually hurried for more than 2,000 lawns in a season. The only guy in NFL history to accumulate over 2,00 lawns hurrying in 14 video games was likewise the very first to break the 2,000 lawn limit: O.J. Simpson.
Mr. Simpson’s efficiency as the running back for the Buffalo Bills throughout the 1973 season is probably the best single season by any running back in NFL history.
Mr. Simpson would be the very first to keep in mind that this unrivaled achievement was a cumulative one, not a specific one. The remainder of the Buffalo Bills offending system, nicknamed the Electric Company, offered the obstructing power to switch on the Juice to permit him to get more hurrying lawns in 14 video games than any NFL gamer prior to or because.
The Buffalo Bills last video game of the 1973 season protested the New York Jets on December 16 th at Shea Stadium. The video game was kept in near-blizzard conditions.
The Jets got in the video game with a 3-9 record however a decision to permit their retiring head coach Weeb Ewbank to end his profession with a success. The Jets defense were concentrated on avoiding Coach Ewbank’s swan tune to be eclipsed by Mr. Simpson getting enough hurrying lawns to break Jim Brown’s NFL hurrying record of 1,863 lawns.
With a 6 lawn kept up 4: 26 staying in the very first quarter Mr. Simpson had actually broken the hurrying record set by Jim Brown 10 years previously. The referee handed Mr. Simpson the football he had actually brought in his record setting run and as Mr. Simpson jogged to the sideline to provide the football to the Bills’ supervisor for safekeeping, his Buffalo colleagues shouted “More Juice, more!”.
It appeared that the Juice, the Electric Company and Bills head coach Lou Saban had a more overwhelming objective in mind: to get sufficient lawns to cross the 2,000 lawn limit.
The Bills led the Jets 34-14 late in the 4th quarter and Mr. Simpson had actually gotten 193 lawns hurrying versus the Jets defense. With 6: 28 staying in the video game Mr. Simpson ran the ball for 7 lawns which brought his 14 video game overall to 2,003 lawns hurrying– an accomplishment that had actually never ever been done prior to and has actually never ever been done because.
Following Buffalo’s 34-14 success over the New York Jets the NFL public relations personnel established an interview location in the boiler space of Shea Stadium, This interview location was extremely little with pipelines suspending triggering everybody in the space to need to crouch to prevent striking their head on the pipelines. Mr. Simpson chose not to consult with the media without the remainder of the Bills’ offending group: the Electric Company. The NFL public relations personnel hesitantly concurred and the Juice and the Electric Company constrained into the boiler space and satisfied the media.
Mr. Simpson started by stating “I wish to present the felines who got the job done all year” and continued to present the 10 other members of the Bills offense and share an individual story about each: Wide Receiver J. D. Hill; Flanker Bob Chandler; Tight End Paul Seymour; Tackles Dave Foley and Don Green; Guards Reggie McKenzie (” My primary guy”) and Joe DeLamielleure; Center Mike Montler; Quarterback Joe Ferguson and Fullback Jim Braxton.
When the Bills appeared for training school the next July, Simpson offered each of his Electric Company assistants a gold bracelet. It had their name, number and an engraving: “O.J. We Did It. 2,000 Yards.”.
From deep in the archives of CBS News, we hope you take pleasure in the news protection of Mr. Simpson’s unmatched achievement provided by Hughes Rudd of CBS News on the Monday, January 17, 1973 edition of the CBS Morning News.