O.J. Simpson, running back for the Buffalo Bills, poses with his wife, Marguerite, daughter Arnelle, 4, and son Jason, 2, in Buffalo, New York on October 10, 1973.
In 1973, Simpson became the first player to break the highly coveted 2,000-yard rushing mark with 2,003 total rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. For his performance he won that year’s NFL MVP Award,
NFL player of the year and
The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award. While other players had broken the 2,000-yard mark since Simpson, his record happened when the NFL only had 14-game seasons; as opposed to the now 16-game seasons.
“Somebody had to get the Patriots into the right play. Somebody had to keep the Patriots mindset right on the field. Somebody had to get the Patriots down the field. Somebody had to have coolness under pressure. Somebody had to pick up a first-down with his legs — with their largest rush of the game. Somebody had to do all of that. It’s Tom Brady… GOAT. End of story. Most rings, largest comeback, the most prolific passing performance.”
“Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way.”