January 22, 1985 -- Buffalo Bills fans had been waiting a long time for this news bulletin: A Bill has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
While the Bills had plenty of great players back in the 1960's, Simpson was an easy choice for the voters who determined who would be doing to Canton. He was the first runner to go past 2,000 yards in a single season, running for 2,003 in 1973. What's more, he did it in a mere 14 games.
Simpson finished his career with 11,236 yards rushing, and led the league four different times. He also was one of the few running backs in history who seemed like he was capable of running for a touchdown on every single play.
Simpson was part of a rather impressive class at the Hall. He was joined by Joe Namath, Pete Rozelle, Roger Staubach, and Frank Gatski.
His election then raises an interesting question now. In the light of Simpson's "troubles" after his retirement from football, would he still gain admission to Canton if the voting were held today. Some opinions might have changed since 1985.
--- Budd Bailey