Category: Marguerite Simpson

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O.J. Simpson, running back for the Buffalo Bills, poses with his wife, Marguerite, daughter Arnelle, 4, and son Jason, 2, in Buffalo, New York on October 10, 1973. 

In 1973, Simpson became the first player to break the highly coveted 2,000-yard rushing mark with 2,003 total rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. For his performance he won that year’s NFL MVP Award,

NFL player of the year and

The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award. While other players had broken the 2,000-yard mark since Simpson, his record happened when the NFL only had 14-game seasons; as opposed to the now 16-game seasons.

Marguerite (Whitley) Simpson, wife of O. J. Simpson, at home on January 8, 1973 in Los Angeles, California.

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O.J. Simpson, running back for the Buffalo Bills, poses with his wife, Marguerite, daughter Arnelle, 4, and son Jason, 2, in Buffalo, New York on October 10, 1973. 

In 1973, Simpson became the first player to break the highly coveted 2,000-yard rushing mark with 2,003 total rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. For his performance he won that year’s NFL MVP Award,

NFL player of the year and

The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award. While other players had broken the 2,000-yard mark since Simpson, his record happened when the NFL only had 14-game seasons; as opposed to the now 16-game seasons.

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NFL star O.J. Simpson with his wife

Marguerite Whitley, daughter Arnelle and son Jason, 1973.

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O.J. Simpson, running back for the Buffalo Bills, poses with his wife, Marguerite, daughter Arnelle, 4, and son Jason, 2, in Buffalo, New York on October 10, 1973. 

In 1973, Simpson became the first player to break the highly coveted 2,000-yard rushing mark with 2,003 total rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. For his performance he won that year’s NFL MVP Award,

NFL player of the year and

The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award. While other players had broken the 2,000-yard mark since Simpson, his record happened when the NFL only had 14-game seasons; as opposed to the now 16-game seasons.

O.J. Simpson and Marguerite Whitley

on their wedding day in San Francisco on June 24, 1967.

O.J.

and

Marguerite

met in high school, when

Marguerite

was dating one of O.J.’s close friend, A.C. Cowlings,

the same guy who ended up driving his getaway car in 1994. When they married he was 19, she was 18. Marguerite

gave birth to the couple’s first child, Arnelle, in 1968. Their second child, Jason, was born in 1970. They had a third child, Aaren, in 1977. Aaren died on August 18, 1979 in a pool while in the custody of Marguerite. O.J. blamed Marguerite for her death.

The marriage faltered early, with temporary separations starting in early 1970. Records do not indicate what the disputes were about. In 1973,

Marguerite asked her lawyer to start divorce proceedings, which were soon called off. They had a legal separation in 1975 before reconciling.

Their final separation came in 1978; divorce became final in 1979.

O.J. began dating future wife Nicole Brown in 1977, while he was married. Marguerite

was married twice more after divorcing O.J. 

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O.J. Simpson, running back for the Buffalo Bills, poses with his wife, Marguerite, daughter Arnelle, 4, and son Jason, 2, in Buffalo, New York on October 10, 1973. 

In 1973, Simpson became the first player to break the highly coveted 2,000-yard rushing mark with 2,003 total rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. For his performance he won that year’s NFL MVP Award,

NFL player of the year and

The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award. While other players had broken the 2,000-yard mark since Simpson, his record happened when the NFL only had 14-game seasons; as opposed to the now 16-game seasons.

O.J. Simpson and his wife Marguerite at a movie premiere in Los Angeles,

April 1977.    

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O.J. Simpson, running back for the Buffalo Bills, poses with his wife, Marguerite, daughter Arnella, 4, and son Jason, 2, in Buffalo, New York on October 10, 1973. 

In 1973, Simpson became the first player to break the highly coveted 2,000-yard rushing mark with 2,003 total rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. For his performance he won that year’s NFL MVP Award,

NFL player of the year and

The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award. While other players had broken the 2,000-yard mark since Simpson, his record happened when the NFL only had 14-game seasons; as opposed to the now 16-game seasons.

JET magazine covers from 1977