Forty years ago this week electrifying running back OJ Simpson became the first NFL player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a single season.
The former Buffalo Bill accomplished this amazing feat in a 14 game season in 1973 when he averaged an astounding 143.1 yards-per-game on 6 yards-per-carry.
The other six 2,000+ yard NFL running backs (Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans, Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions, Terrell Davis of the Denver Broncos, Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams, Jamal Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens and Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings) all needed 16 regular season games to surpass the epic 2,000 yard milestone.
Sadly, Simpson finds himself behind bars as of this writing.
However, as well celebrate his remarkable individual accomplishment, let’s not forget the brawny guys up front who made it possible for OJ to set the new rushing record. And, let’s also remember the loyal fans from the gritty Northeast city that cheered on the talented Buffalo Bill running back.
Here’s an excerpt from my FREE football comic book…
Famous for Niagra Falls, hydro-electric power plants and becoming America’s first city to convert to electric street lights, Buffalo, NY is also a die hard football town.
Taking a cue from their city’s incandescent history, the Buffalo Bills’ famous and talented offensive line of the early 1970’s is widely celebrated as The Electric Company.
Ironically, in a city known for its power plants, the Bills became the first NFL franchise to turn on the proverbial Juice – Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson. The star NFL running back recognized the power of the team’s offensive line and attributed his amazing rushing success to the massive guys who blocked for him.
However, football fans in the City of Lights and across the league have always been grateful to watch O.J. Simpson carry the football downfield after being turned on by his very own lead blockers cleverly known as The Electric Company.
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