OJ Simpson was the most incredible running back in college football and I saw him in person when he ran circles around, thru and over Ohio State . When I saw him on tv yesterday at his appeal hearing, 300+ lbs, in his orange jumpsuit (ironic considering USC's Trojan colors) I chose to reflect back on that long ago Saturday afternoon on the gridiron
It dawned on me that there is an entire younger generation that doesn't even know the OJ that I knew that fall. My question for you is not about OJ (kharma took care of him). I wish I had him sign my USC jersey that day
Can you think of other examples of famous people who when they were younger were perceived one way, then in later years perceived in another light on our lifetime?
Remember the OJ USC days. Before Earl McCullouch was moved to wide receiver he played tailback wearing number 22. OJ proved to be a better back and Earl proved to be a better receiver. We lived about a half mile from the Coliseum and and was part of many games. The '67 USC vs.UCLA game with Gary Beban and the '68 Rose Bowl. I saw the tape last night too. OJ looked tired.
Pete Rose...great example..maybe I should have entitled this thread "When The Mighty Fall"....Sports stars and Politicians are held up as role models, so when they fall there is a combination of saddness and guile..When sports stars make a fortune and blow it thru stupidity, it also holds our attention...
On ESPN 30 by 30 series "One Day In June" stands out to me because it showed several major sporting events (Stanley Cup, Knicks playoff game, Arnold Palmer's last US Open, World Cup opening ceremonies in Chicago, Ken Griffin of Seattle Mariners home run pace)...yet OJ's White Bronco chase captured the nation. Everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing that day and the date of the verdict of the then trial of the century
OJ is going to die in prison ..no one will ever forgive him
Ali would be an example of the opposite effect...I saw him in upstate New York when he was training for the 1st Frazier fight in the Garden...most of the Country hated him because of his religion and Vietnam position...Seeing him in person I was mesmerized (sp)..he was a Black Adonnis..hands and mouth were so fast....then everyone saw him light the torch at the Atlanta Olympics Opening Torch ceremony...everyone forgave him, he seems a man at peace with his life
Great examples thanks....I have often wonder what Mel's Lethal Weapon buddy Danny Glover thinks about him.....or...what Barry's Godfather the great Willie Mays thinks about the situation
I think what it proves is society should stop idolizing celebrities and realize like us, they are human and have deep flaws...we live in a TMZ world of 15 second sound bites
I also have to balance the fact that in my generation there was a system in place that hid the flaws (or it was not reported by the media by an understanding) so we never knew. The alltime classic example was FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover