22 years after his infamous car chase and trial gripped the nation, the O.J. Simpson story will see a lot of entertainment attention in 2016, beginning with the January 22 world premiere of "OJ: Made in America."
The ten-hour documentary by the folks at 30 for 30 will be first screened at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The documentary will air in five parts on ESPN, and include an in-depth look at Simpson the football player, which should mean lots of attention for the Buffalo Bills, where Simpson became the first back to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a single season in 1973. It will go on to include his rise to stardom off the gridiron, the murder of his ex-wife, Simpson driving around in a white Ford Bronco for a while, and the most famous trial in television history.
FX is also set to release a miniseries based on Simpson's murder trial, but will focus much less on his playing career. "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson" has a star-studded cast, and premieres February 2.
Simpson was easily the most nationally well-known Bills player when he was drafted first overall by Buffalo in 1969. The Heisman trophy winner made an immediate impact, going to the AFL All-Star game in his rookie year. His career took off in 1972 when Lou Saban came back to coach the Bills; instead of being used as an ultra-talented decoy, Simpson became the focal point of the offense. He was named All-Pro in five consecutive years before injuries caught up to him at the age of 30.
The first former Bills player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he holds the team record for most rushing yards per game at a whopping 90.9, a number that is unlikely to ever be surpassed. (LeSean McCoy is currently second in team history at 74.6 yards per game.) Simpson also holds single-season team records for rushing yards (2,003 in 1973), touchdowns (16 in 1975), yards per attempt (6.0 in 1973), and yards per game (143.1 in 1973 - also an NFL record).
Spoiler alert: Simpson was found not guilty during his infamous trial, but was subsequently found liable in a civil case. He was arrested for armed robbery in 2007, though he claims he was stealing back his own memorabilia. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison, and is eligible for parole in 2017, when he will be 69 years old.