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The Original OJ Simpson Inspirational Story

We’ve all heard of the OJ Simpson trial, but not many people know about the inspiring original story of OJ Simpson, the best running back in the National Football League during his time.

This inspiring story began when Orenthal James Simpson visited Eunice and Jimmy Simpson on July 9, 1947 in San Francisco. OJ grew up poor and his early days were spent in a ghetto where food was always in short supply. As a result, OJ suffered from malnutrition and developed rickets. At the age of six, OJ’s legs permanently bowed and her calf muscles severely atrophied. She acquired the nickname ‘Pencil Legs’ at a young age.

Growing up, OJ found his inspirational football story through All American running back Jim Brown of the Cleveland Browns. Brown was the best running back in the NFL at the time. But OJ was too poor to pay for tickets to see his idol in action every time Cleveland visited San Francisco. That never stopped his dream and goal of becoming a star player in the future.

During those games when Cleveland was playing San Francisco, OJ waited diligently outside the stadium until the maintenance crew opened the stadium gates at the end of the fourth quarter. He would then enter the stadium and soak up the last minutes of the game, dreaming of seeing his idol and also his own goals and his inspiring story to become a professional soccer player.

On one of these occasions at the age of thirteen, he finally achieved his dream of reuniting with his idol, Jim Brown. As the inspirational story progressed, he approached Brown and said, “Mr. Brown, I’m your biggest football fan!” Gracefully, Brown thanked the young man and followed his lead. But OJ insisted on asking Brown for an autograph. When Brown signed the autograph, OJ told him that he had all the pictures of him on the wall and that he knew all the football records Brown had. Brown was flattered and thanked his young charge again. Before leaving, OJ surprised Brown by saying, “Mr. Brown, one day I’m going to break all of your records!”

OJ Simpson broke all but three of Jim Brown’s rushing records before injuries cut short his football career and inspirational story. Goal setting is the strongest force for human motivation. Set yourself a goal and make it a reality.

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