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Key events in OJ Simpson's fall from sports hero, movie star

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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 1968 file photo, Southern California's O.J. Simpson (32) runs against California during a college football game in Los Angeles. Simpson won the Heisman Trophy at Southern California in 1968. Simpson will have a lot going for him when he asks state parole board members Thursday, July 20, 2017, to release him after serving more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (AP Photo/hf, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 9, 1968 file photo, Southern California's O.J. Simpson (32) runs against California during a college football game in Los Angeles. Simpson won the Heisman Trophy at Southern California in 1968. Simpson will have a lot going for him when he asks state parole board members Thursday, July 20, 2017, to release him after serving more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (AP Photo/hf, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson's story represents one of the most dramatic falls from grace in the history of American pop culture.

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 1973 file photo, Buffalo Bills' O.J. Simpson (32) runs against the New York Jets in the first quarter of an NFL football game at Shea Stadium in New York. Also shown are the Bills' Joe Ferguson (12), Paul Seymour (87), and the Jets' Phil Wise (27) and John Ebersole (55). Simpson became the first NFL player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season, surpassing that mark in this game. (AP Photo, file) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 16, 1973 file photo, Buffalo Bills' O.J. Simpson (32) runs against the New York Jets in the first quarter of an NFL football game at Shea Stadium in New York. Also shown are the Bills' Joe Ferguson (12), Paul Seymour (87), and the Jets' Phil Wise (27) and John Ebersole (55). Simpson became the first NFL player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season, surpassing that mark in this game. (AP Photo, file)

A beloved football hero in the 1960s and '70s, he transitioned effortlessly to movie star, sports commentator and TV pitchman in the years that followed.

FILE - This Feb. 24,1978 file photo shows O.J. Simpson, center, with actresses Gilda Radner, left, and Jane Curtin as he appeared on NBC's Saturday Night Live in New York. Simpson retired from football after the 1979 season, later being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and beginning careers in acting and football broadcasting. (AP Photo, file) © The Associated Press FILE - This Feb. 24,1978 file photo shows O.J. Simpson, center, with actresses Gilda Radner, left, and Jane Curtin as he appeared on NBC's Saturday Night Live in New York. Simpson retired from football after the 1979 season, later being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and beginning careers in acting and football broadcasting. (AP Photo, file)

He kept that role until the 1994 killings of his ex-wife and her friend. A jury acquitted him, but many still believe he carried out the grisly slayings.

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 1979 file photo, San Francisco 49ers running back O.J. Simpson is escorted from the field by police after the final NFL football game of his career against in the Atlanta Falcons at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. Simpson retired from football after the 1979 season, later being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and beginning careers in acting and football broadcasting. (AP Photo, file) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 16, 1979 file photo, San Francisco 49ers running back O.J. Simpson is escorted from the field by police after the final NFL football game of his career against in the Atlanta Falcons at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. Simpson retired from football after the 1979 season, later being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and beginning careers in acting and football broadcasting. (AP Photo, file)

Here's a timeline of major events in the life of Simpson, now 70, who has been imprisoned in Nevada for armed robbery and on Thursday was granted parole.

FILE - In this Nov 25, 1993 file photo, O.J. Simpson stands with Nicole Brown Simpson while broadcasting on the sidelines during the Thanksgiving Day NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. Simpson retired from football after the 1979 season, later being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and beginning careers in acting and football broadcasting. Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman are found dead in Los Angeles in June 1994. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Nov 25, 1993 file photo, O.J. Simpson stands with Nicole Brown Simpson while broadcasting on the sidelines during the Thanksgiving Day NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. Simpson retired from football after the 1979 season, later being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and beginning careers in acting and football broadcasting. Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman are found dead in Los Angeles in June 1994. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin, File)

— 1967: Simpson leads all college running backs in rushing in his first season at the University of Southern California.

FILE - In this June 13, 1994 file photo, blood-stained sheets are strewn along the entryway of the Los Angeles-area condominium of Nicole Brown Simpson after she and her friend Ronald Goldman are found dead. O.J. Simpson is later arrested after a widely televised freeway chase in his white Ford Bronco for the murders of his ex-wife and Goldman. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, file) © The Associated Press FILE - In this June 13, 1994 file photo, blood-stained sheets are strewn along the entryway of the Los Angeles-area condominium of Nicole Brown Simpson after she and her friend Ronald Goldman are found dead. O.J. Simpson is later arrested after a widely televised freeway chase in his white Ford Bronco for the murders of his ex-wife and Goldman. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, file)

— 1968: Simpson wins the Heisman Trophy, college football's top honor.

FILE - In this June 17, 1994 file photo, a white Ford Bronco, driven by Al Cowlings carrying O.J. Simpson, is trailed by Los Angeles police cars as it travels on a freeway in Los Angeles. Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman are found dead in Los Angeles. Simpson is later arrested after a widely televised freeway chase in his white Ford Bronco. (AP Photo/Joseph Villarin, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this June 17, 1994 file photo, a white Ford Bronco, driven by Al Cowlings carrying O.J. Simpson, is trailed by Los Angeles police cars as it travels on a freeway in Los Angeles. Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman are found dead in Los Angeles. Simpson is later arrested after a widely televised freeway chase in his white Ford Bronco. (AP Photo/Joseph Villarin, File)

— 1969: The first pick in the pro draft, Simpson goes to the Buffalo Bills and spends the next nine seasons with the team.

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 1994 file photo, O.J. Simpson, right, and defense attorney Robert Shapiro sit in a Los Angeles Superior courtroom as Judge Lance Ito refuses a request to open an afternoon session to the media. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate, will have a lot going for him when he appears before state parole board members Thursday, July 20, 2017 seeking his release after more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, Pool, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Aug. 26, 1994 file photo, O.J. Simpson, right, and defense attorney Robert Shapiro sit in a Los Angeles Superior courtroom as Judge Lance Ito refuses a request to open an afternoon session to the media. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate, will have a lot going for him when he appears before state parole board members Thursday, July 20, 2017 seeking his release after more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, Pool, File)

— 1973: He becomes the first NFL player to rush for 2,000 or more yards (2,003) in a season.

FILE - In this June 21, 1995 file photo, O.J. Simpson holds up his hands before the jury after putting on a new pair of gloves similar to the infamous bloody gloves during his double-murder trial in Los Angeles. During Simpson's trial, a prosecutor famously asks him to put on a pair of gloves allegedly worn by the killer. The gloves appeared to be too tight, reinforcing the immortal words of defense attorney Johnnie Cochran: "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." (AP Photo/Vince Bucci, Pool, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this June 21, 1995 file photo, O.J. Simpson holds up his hands before the jury after putting on a new pair of gloves similar to the infamous bloody gloves during his double-murder trial in Los Angeles. During Simpson's trial, a prosecutor famously asks him to put on a pair of gloves allegedly worn by the killer. The gloves appeared to be too tight, reinforcing the immortal words of defense attorney Johnnie Cochran: "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." (AP Photo/Vince Bucci, Pool, File)

— 1979: Simpson retires, having rushed for 11,236 yards, second most in NFL history at the time.

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 1995 file photo, O.J. Simpson, center, reacts as he is found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, with attorneys F. Lee Bailey, left, and Johnnie Cochran Jr., right, in Los Angeles Superior Court. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate, will have a lot going for him when he appears before state parole board members Thursday, July 20, 2017 to release him after more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (Myung J. Chun/Daily News via AP, Pool, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Oct. 3, 1995 file photo, O.J. Simpson, center, reacts as he is found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, with attorneys F. Lee Bailey, left, and Johnnie Cochran Jr., right, in Los Angeles Superior Court. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate, will have a lot going for him when he appears before state parole board members Thursday, July 20, 2017 to release him after more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (Myung J. Chun/Daily News via AP, Pool, File)

— 1985: Simpson is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 1997 file photo, Fred Goldman is hugged by his daughter Kim while patting his wife Patti's cheek during a news conference after the verdict in the wrongful death suit against O.J. Simpson in Santa Monica, Calif. The jury found Simpson liable on all counts and he is ordered to pay $33.5 million to the Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson estates. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield, file) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 4, 1997 file photo, Fred Goldman is hugged by his daughter Kim while patting his wife Patti's cheek during a news conference after the verdict in the wrongful death suit against O.J. Simpson in Santa Monica, Calif. The jury found Simpson liable on all counts and he is ordered to pay $33.5 million to the Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson estates. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield, file)

— 1988: Simpson, who had been appearing in TV shows and commercials since the late 1960s, co-stars in the first of the "Naked Gun" crime comedies, perhaps his most popular role.

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2001 file photo, attorney Yale Galanter, left, hugs his client O.J. Simpson as the judge reads the verdict in Simpson's trial in Miami. Simpson was acquitted of grabbing another driver's glasses and scratching the man's face during a bout of road rage after insisting that the other man started it. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate, will have a lot going for him when he appears before state parole board members Thursday, July 20, 2017 seeking his release after more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (AP Photo/Pool, Amy E. Conn, file) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2001 file photo, attorney Yale Galanter, left, hugs his client O.J. Simpson as the judge reads the verdict in Simpson's trial in Miami. Simpson was acquitted of grabbing another driver's glasses and scratching the man's face during a bout of road rage after insisting that the other man started it. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate, will have a lot going for him when he appears before state parole board members Thursday, July 20, 2017 seeking his release after more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (AP Photo/Pool, Amy E. Conn, file)

— February 1992: Nicole Brown Simpson files for divorce after seven years of marriage. It becomes final Oct. 15.

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2008 file photo, O.J. Simpson, center, arrives at the Clark County Regional Justice Center on the second day of jury selection for his trial in Las Vegas. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate, will have a lot going for him when he appears before state parole board members Thursday, July 20, 2017 seeking his release after more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (AP Photo/John Locher, Pool, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2008 file photo, O.J. Simpson, center, arrives at the Clark County Regional Justice Center on the second day of jury selection for his trial in Las Vegas. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate, will have a lot going for him when he appears before state parole board members Thursday, July 20, 2017 seeking his release after more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (AP Photo/John Locher, Pool, File)

— June 12, 1994: Nicole Simpson and a friend, Ronald Goldman, are stabbed to death outside her Los Angeles home.

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2008 file photo, O.J. Simpson rubs his eyes in a courtroom during the second day of the jury selection for his trial at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. O.J. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate, will have a lot going for him when he appears before state parole board members Thursday, July 20, 2017 seeking his release after more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (AP Photo/Ethan Miller, Pool, file) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2008 file photo, O.J. Simpson rubs his eyes in a courtroom during the second day of the jury selection for his trial at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. O.J. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate, will have a lot going for him when he appears before state parole board members Thursday, July 20, 2017 seeking his release after more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (AP Photo/Ethan Miller, Pool, file)

— June 17, 1994: Ordered by prosecutors to surrender, Simpson instead flees with a friend in a white Ford Bronco. It's a nationally televised slow-speed chase across California freeways until police persuade him to surrender.

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2008 file photo, co-defendants Clarence "C.J." Stewart, second from left, and O. J. Simpson, second from right, and their defense teams listen as the two are found guilty on 12 charges, including felony kidnapping, armed robbery and conspiracy at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate, will have a lot going for him when he appears before state parole board members next week seeking his release after more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (AP Photo/Daniel Gluskoter, Pool, file) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2008 file photo, co-defendants Clarence "C.J." Stewart, second from left, and O. J. Simpson, second from right, and their defense teams listen as the two are found guilty on 12 charges, including felony kidnapping, armed robbery and conspiracy at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate, will have a lot going for him when he appears before state parole board members next week seeking his release after more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (AP Photo/Daniel Gluskoter, Pool, file)

— June 1995: During Simpson's trial, a prosecutor asks him to put on a pair of gloves believed worn by the killer. The gloves appear too small, leading defense attorney Johnnie Cochran to famously state in his closing argument: "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit."

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2008 pool file photo, O.J. Simpson appears during his sentencing hearing at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate, will have a lot going for him when he appears before state parole board members Thursday, July 20, 2017 seeking his release after more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, Pool, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2008 pool file photo, O.J. Simpson appears during his sentencing hearing at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate, will have a lot going for him when he appears before state parole board members Thursday, July 20, 2017 seeking his release after more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, Pool, File)

— Oct. 3, 1995: Simpson is acquitted of murder.

FILE - In this May 14, 2013 pool file photo, O.J. Simpson sits during a break on the second day of an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate, will have a lot going for him when he appears before state parole board members Thursday, July 20, 2017 seeking his release after more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (AP Photo/Ethan Miller, Pool, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this May 14, 2013 pool file photo, O.J. Simpson sits during a break on the second day of an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate, will have a lot going for him when he appears before state parole board members Thursday, July 20, 2017 seeking his release after more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (AP Photo/Ethan Miller, Pool, File)

— February 1997: After a trial in a civil suit filed by the victims' families, a jury finds Simpson liable for the deaths and orders he pay survivors $33.5 million.

FILE - In this July 25, 2013 file photo, O.J. Simpson, in custody at the Lovelock Correctional Center, is shown on the video screen above Nevada Board of Parole hearing representative Robin Bates, left, and Commissioner Susan Jackson during a video conference parole hearing in Carson City, Nev. Simpson could have a good chance at parole when he asks officials Thursday, July20, 2017, to let him out of a Nevada prison after serving more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (Geoff Dornan/Nevada Appeal via AP, file) © The Associated Press FILE - In this July 25, 2013 file photo, O.J. Simpson, in custody at the Lovelock Correctional Center, is shown on the video screen above Nevada Board of Parole hearing representative Robin Bates, left, and Commissioner Susan Jackson during a video conference parole hearing in Carson City, Nev. Simpson could have a good chance at parole when he asks officials Thursday, July20, 2017, to let him out of a Nevada prison after serving more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (Geoff Dornan/Nevada Appeal via AP, file)

— July 2007: A federal bankruptcy judge awards the rights to a book by Simpson, in which he discusses how he could have committed the killings, to Goldman's family as partial payment of the judgment. The family renames the book "If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer."

Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson reacts after learning he was granted parole at Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Simpson was convicted in 2008 of enlisting some men he barely knew, including two who had guns, to retrieve from two sports collectibles sellers some items that Simpson said were stolen from him a decade earlier. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson reacts after learning he was granted parole at Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Simpson was convicted in 2008 of enlisting some men he barely knew, including two who had guns, to retrieve from two sports collectibles sellers some items that Simpson said were stolen from him a decade earlier. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool)

— September 2007: Simpson, accompanied by five men, confronts two sports-memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room, angrily telling them that most of the memorabilia they are planning to sell is rightfully his.

— Oct. 3, 2008: A jury finds Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart guilty of kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and conspiracy charges. The other accomplices had taken plea deals and received probation.

— December 2008: Simpson is sentenced to nine to 33 years and sent to Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada.

— October 2010: The Nevada Supreme Court denies Simpson's appeal but grants Stewart a new trial. Stewart takes a plea deal and is released.

— July 25, 2013: Simpson asks the Nevada Parole Board for leniency, saying he has tried to be a model prisoner. He wins parole on some convictions but is left with at least four more years to serve.

— July 20, 2017: A four-member parole board unanimously grants Simpson parole, effective Oct. 1. The board cites the low risk he might commit another crime, his community support and a release plan that includes moving to Florida, where he has family.

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