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5. O. J. Simpson
While the first three years of O.J. Simpson’s professional career was basically average, he would explode the next five seasons where he would explode for five consecutive First Team All-Pro nods as well as four Rushing Titles.   One of those titles included becoming the first Running Back in NFL history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season.
The Buffalo Bills may not have had that much to cheer about during the 1970s, but Bills fans always had a reason to pack the stadium knowing that they would likely see the “Juice” rush for over 100 Yards a game.  Simpson does not own the rushing record for the Bills anymore, but in his peak, he was one of the most explosive Running Back in NFL history.  Simpson entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Running Back
  • Acquired: Drafted in the 1st Round, 1st Pick Overall, 1/28/69.
  • Departed: Traded to the San Francisco 49ers for draft picks prior to the 1978 season.
  • Games Played: 112
  • Major Accolades and Awards: AP MVP (1973)
    AP Offensive Player of the Year (1973)
    First Team All-Pro (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975 & 1976)
    Pro Bowl (1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975 & 1976)
    Most Rushing Yards (1972, 1973, 1975 & 1976)
    Most Rushing Touchdowns (1973 & 1975)
    Most Rushing Yards/Game (1973, 1975 & 1976)
    Most Rushing Yards/Attempt (1975)
    Most Yards From Scrimmage (1973, 1975 & 1976)
    Most All-Purpose Yards (1973 & 1976)
    Most Touchdowns (1975)
    Most Points Scored (1975)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 98 Games Started
    2,123 Rushing Attempts
    10,183 Rushing Yards
    57 Rushing Touchdowns
    175 Receptions
    1,924 Receiving Yards
    12 Receiving Touchdowns
    990 Punt Return Yards
    1 Punt Return Touchdown
    6 Pass Completions
    16 Pass Attempts
    37.5 Pass Completion Percentage
    110 Passing Yards
    1 Passing Touchdown
    107 Approximate Value
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