They took Simpson, but he demanded what was then the largest contract in professional sports history: 0,000 over five years.
This led to a standoff with Bills' owner Ralph Wilson, as Simpson threatened to become an actor and skip professional football. Bills coach John Rauch, not wanting to build an offense around one running back, assigned Simpson to do blocking and receiving duties at the expense of running the ball.
Despite Simpson's performance, the Bills would lose the game 27–14.
In 1972, Simpson rushed for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career, gaining a league-leading total of 1,251 yards.In 1973, he became the first NFL player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season.He holds the record for the single season yards-per-game average, which stands at 143.1.He was named NFL Player of the Year in 1973, and played in six Pro Bowls.He was the only player in NFL history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a 14-game season and he's the only player to rush for over 200 yards in six different games in his career.In 2007, Simpson was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada, and charged with the felonies of armed robbery and kidnapping.