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O.J. Simpson passes 2,000 yards... Buffalo Bills...

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December 17, 1973

THE NEW YORK TIMES, December 17, 1973 

* O. J. Simpson breaks season rushing record...  1st to go over 2,000  yard mark 
* Buffalo Bills - NFL football

Near the bottom of the front page is a small one column photo of Simpson with brief text (see photos). In the sport's section (page 49) is a five column headline: "Simpson Breaks Mark as Bills Rout Jets, 34 to 14" with subhead: "Back Gains 200 Yards for Total 2,003..." and four related photos. A historic NFL record that is still unmatched till this day (14 games). This is probably one of the most famous season records that was broken in NFL football

Other news, sports and various advertisements of the day throughout. Complete in 68 pages, very minor margin wear, otherwise nice condition.

wikipedia notes: Orenthal James "O. J." Simpson (born July 9, 1947), nicknamed "The Juice", is a retired American football player, football broadcaster, spokesman, actor, and convicted felon.

Originally attaining a public profile in sports as a running back at the collegiate and professional levels, Simpson was the first NFL player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season, a mark he set during the 1973 season. While five other players have passed the 2,000 rush yard mark he stands alone as the only player to ever rush for more than 2,000 yards in a 14-game season (the NFL changed to a 16-game season in 1978). He also holds the record for the single season yards-per-game average which stands at 143.1 ypg. Simpson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

Category: The 20th Century

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