1973 NFL MVP OJ Simpson is probably a name you’ll recognize for other reasons, but he had one of the most historic seasons by running back in NFL history.
Simpson led the league in rushing yards with 2,003 yards and became the first player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a single season. He also set a new record for most rushing yards in a 14-game season. He was honored with the NFL MVP award and led the Buffalo Bills to a 7-5-2 record.
OJ Simpsons NFL MVP season 1973
One of Simpsons most memorable games of the season came in Week 1 when the Bills took on the New England Patriots. In that game, Simpson rushed for 250 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bills to a 31-13 win. This would result in at least 100 yards in each of the first five games.
Another memorable game for Simpson came in Week 5 when the Bills took on the Baltimore Colts. In that game, Simpson ran for 166 yards, averaging 7.55 yards per rush, and two touchdowns, leading the Bills to a 31-13 win.
The last game of the season for Simpson came in week 14 when the Bills took on the Miami Dolphins. He needed 197 yards to become the first man to rush for 2,000 yards in a season after rushing for 219 yards the previous week. In that game, Simpson rushed for an incredible 200 yards and a touchdown on 34 tries while the Bills kept pushing him to the milestone. Simpson led the team to a 34-14 victory.
Overall, Simpson’s 1973 NFL MVP season was one of the most historic in NFL history. He rushed for 2,003 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 143.1 yards per game at 6.03 yards per carry. He set a new record for most rushing yards in a single season and became the first player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season.
Simpson’s performance that season was instrumental in the development of the running game in the NFL, and he remains one of the most legendary running backs in NFL history.
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