1969: O.J. Simpson was a running back from the University of Southern California, drafted by the Buffalo Bills. A native of San Francisco, Simpson went from playing collegiately in sunny, glamorous southern California to Buffalo, maybe the coldest, snowiest outpost in American pro sports. For his first three years, he was surprisingly underutilized, but dropped his NFL career into high gear after Lou Saban took the Bills' coaching reins. Wound up leading the league in rushing in 1972, 1973, 1975, and 1976, and became the first running back to rush for 2,000 yards in a season, when he compiled 2,003 in 1973. Played in only one postseason game, gaining 49 yards against the Steelers.