Sport: Simpson Settles In

When O.J. Simpson first suited up with the Buffalo Bills in 1969, Coach John Rauch took one look at the rookie running back and pronounced himself sorely disappointed. "Simpson," Rauch announced with mock astonishment, "doesn't walk on water."

Orenthal James Simpson has grudgingly grown accustomed to such razzing —and to other problems as well. The most celebrated college player since Red Grange, the two-time All-America from the University of Southern California is perhaps the foremost example of the superstar readjustment syndrome. Only now, at age 26, is Simpson fully realizing the promise of the college career that won him the Heisman Trophy.


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