This Day In Sports History (December 16th) — O.J. Simpson
It was on this day in 1973 that Buffalo Bills running back O.J. Simpson became the first man to rush for over 2,000 yards in a single season. Simpson accomplished the feat in just 14 games as that was the length of the schedule at the time.
Simpson entered the final game of the season against the New York Jets needing 197 yards to reach 2,000 for the season. The Bills were intent on getting Simpson to the milestone as they gave him the ball 34 times. In the end, he would finish the game with an even 200 yards and an amazing 2,003 rushing yards for the season. O.J. was the only running back to reach the 2,000 yard mark while playing just a 14 game schedule. Since the NFL changed to a 16 game schedule in 1978, six men have joined Simpson in the 2,000 yard club.
William Perry, NFL – Born December 16th 1962 (age 51) in Aiken, South Carolina
Billy Ripken, MLB – Born December 16th 1964 (age 49) in Havre de Grace, Maryland
Clifford Robinson, NBA – Born December 16th 1966 (age 47) in Buffalo, New York