"The People Vs. O.J. Simpson" Referenced an 96-Yard Performance From O.J.'s Time With the 49ers

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“The People Vs. OJ Simpson” is a masterpiece. Obviously, I’m not the first person to say this, but if you haven’t seen it yet, catch up immediately. During the 4th episode, which aired last Tuesday, there was a scene where Johnnie Cochran (played by Courtney B. Vance) visited O.J. (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.) in jail and gave a sports movie-esque speech about how O.J. had inspired him years before. The story revolved around a game O.J. had played against the Falcons in 1978 during his time with the San Francisco 49ers.

On October 22, 1978, the Falcons beat the 49ers, 20-17. O.J. Simpson rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.

Cochran also mentioned the game going to commercial and seeing O.J. in a Hertz commercial. This is likely that ad.

OJ Simpson remains 21st on the NFL’s all-time rushing list – a little over a thousand yards behind Jim Brown at number 12.