Key events in OJ Simpson's fall from sports hero, movie star

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 1968 file photo, Southern California's O.J. Simpson (32) runs against California during a college football game in Los Angeles.

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 1973 file photo, Buffalo Bills' O.J. Simpson (32) runs against the New York Jets in the first quarter of an NFL football game

FILE - This Feb. 24,1978 file photo shows O.J. Simpson, center, with actresses Gilda Radner, left, and Jane Curtin as he appeared on NBC's Saturday Ni

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 1979 file photo, San Francisco 49ers running back O.J. Simpson is escorted from the field by police after the final NFL footba

FILE - In this Nov 25, 1993 file photo, O.J. Simpson stands with Nicole Brown Simpson while broadcasting on the sidelines during the Thanksgiving Day

FILE - In this June 13, 1994 file photo, blood-stained sheets are strewn along the entryway of the Los Angeles-area condominium of Nicole Brown Simpso

FILE - In this June 17, 1994 file photo, a white Ford Bronco, driven by Al Cowlings carrying O.J. Simpson, is trailed by Los Angeles police cars as it

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 1994 file photo, O.J. Simpson, right, and defense attorney Robert Shapiro sit in a Los Angeles Superior courtroom as Judge Lan

FILE - In this June 21, 1995 file photo, O.J. Simpson holds up his hands before the jury after putting on a new pair of gloves similar to the infamous

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 1995 file photo, O.J. Simpson, center, reacts as he is found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her f

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 1997 file photo, Fred Goldman is hugged by his daughter Kim while patting his wife Patti's cheek during a news conference after

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2001 file photo, attorney Yale Galanter, left, hugs his client O.J. Simpson as the judge reads the verdict in Simpson's trial

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2008 file photo, O.J. Simpson, center, arrives at the Clark County Regional Justice Center on the second day of jury selection

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2008 file photo, O.J. Simpson rubs his eyes in a courtroom during the second day of the jury selection for his trial at the Cl

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2008 file photo, co-defendants Clarence "C.J." Stewart, second from left, and O. J. Simpson, second from right, and their defen

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2008 pool file photo, O.J. Simpson appears during his sentencing hearing at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Veg

FILE - In this May 14, 2013 pool file photo, O.J. Simpson sits during a break on the second day of an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Cou

FILE - In this July 25, 2013 file photo, O.J. Simpson, in custody at the Lovelock Correctional Center, is shown on the video screen above Nevada Board

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

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 much of the public believes he carried out the grisly slayings.

Here's a timeline of major events in the life of Simpson, now 70, who has been imprisoned in Nevada for armed robbery and faces a parole hearing Thursday:

— 1967: Simpson leads all college running backs in rushing in his first season at the University of Southern California.

— 1968: Simpson wins the Heisman Trophy, college football's top honor.

— 1969: The first pick in the pro draft, Simpson goes to the Buffalo Bills and spends the next nine seasons with the team.

— 1973: He becomes the first NFL player to rush for 2,000 or more yards (2,003) in a season.

— 1979: Simpson retires, having rushed for 11,236 yards, second most in NFL history at the time.

— 1985: Simpson is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

— 1988: Simpson, who had been appearing in TV shows and commercials since the late 1960s, co-stars in the first of the "Naked Gun" crime comedies, perhaps his most popular role.

— February 1992: Nicole Brown Simpson files for divorce after seven years of marriage. It becomes final Oct. 15.

— June 12, 1994: Nicole Simpson and a friend, Ronald Goldman, are stabbed to death outside her Los Angeles home.

— June 17, 1994: Ordered by prosecutors to surrender, Simpson instead flees with a friend in a white Ford Bronco. It's a nationally televised slow-speed chase across California freeways until police persuade him to surrender.

— June 1995: During Simpson's trial, a prosecutor asks him to put on a pair of gloves believed worn by the killer. The gloves appear too small, leading defense attorney Johnnie Cochran to famously state in his closing argument: "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit."

— Oct. 3, 1995: Simpson is acquitted of murder.

— February 1997: After a trial in a civil suit filed by the victims' families, a jury finds Simpson liable for the deaths and orders he pay survivors $33.5 million.

— July 2007: A federal bankruptcy judge awards the rights to a book by Simpson, in which he discusses how he could have committed the killings, to Goldman's family as partial payment of the judgment. The family renames the book "If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer."

— September 2007: Simpson, accompanied by five men, confronts two sports-memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room, angrily telling them that most of the memorabilia they are planning to sell is rightfully his.

— Oct. 3, 2008: A jury finds Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart guilty of kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and conspiracy charges. The other accomplices had taken plea deals and received probation.

— December 2008: Simpson is sentenced to nine to 33 years and sent to Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada.

— October 2010: The Nevada Supreme Court denies Simpson's appeal but grants Stewart a new trial. Stewart takes a plea deal and is released.

— July 25, 2013: Simpson asks the Nevada Parole Board for leniency, saying he has tried to be a model prisoner. He wins parole on some convictions but is left with at least four more years to serve.

— June 2017: The parole board sets a July 20 hearing date.