Timeline of events surrounding OJ Simpson

Thursday, July 20, 2017
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O.J. Simpson could have a good chance at parole when he asks officials this week to let him out of a Nevada prison after serving more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. Here's a look back at the timeline of events.

LAS VEGAS -- O.J. Simpson's story represents one of the most dramatic falls from grace in the history of American pop culture.

PHOTOS: The rise and fall of OJ Simpson

A beloved football hero in the 1960s and '70s, he transitioned effortlessly to movie star, sports commentator and TV pitchman in the years that followed.

He kept that role until the 1994 killings of his ex-wife and her friend. A jury acquitted him, but many still believe he carried out the grisly slayings.

Simpson, now 70, has been imprisoned in Nevada for armed robbery and faces a parole hearing Thursday.

Here's a timeline of major events in the life of Simpson:

1968 - O.J. Simpson won the Heisman Trophy while playing football for University of Southern California

1969 - Simpson drafted by NFL, demanding what was then the largest contract in professional sports history

1969-1979 - Simpson played for NFL as running back for Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers

1977 - 1994 - Simpson worked as an actor and football commentator

1985 - Simpson inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

June 12, 1994 - Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson was found stabbed to death, along with her friend Ron Goldman

June 17, 1994 - Simpson arrested following low-speed pursuit in white Ford Bronco

October 5, 1995 - Simpson was acquitted for the murders after the 'Trial of the Century'

1997 - Civil court awarded victims' families $33.5 million wrongful death judgment against Simpson

September 2007 - Simpson arrested in Las Vegas when sports memorabilia was stolen at gunpoint in casino hotel room

December 2008 - Simpson convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping, and sentenced to 33 years in prison

July 2017 - After 9 years at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, Simpson becomes eligible for his first parole hearing

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.