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This Day in Buffalo Sports History, Dec. 23, 1973: O.J. Simpson wins MVP

The most valuable player award in the National Football League doesn't quite hold the weight of the same award in major league baseball, but that doesn't mean it isn't coveted. On this date, O.J. Simpson joined the list of winners. Simpson was honored for his performance during a truly memorable season.

You probably know he rushed for 2,003 yards in only 14 games. The number was good for the second of his four rushing titles. That works out to 143.1 yards per game. How many Bills running backs have done that even once or twice in a season?

Simpson averaged 6 yards per carry and scored 12 touchdowns as he led the Bills to a 9-5 record. It was the team's first winning season since 1966.

Buffalo had two MVPs during their days in the American Football League. Cookie Gilchrist won it in 1962, and Jack Kemp captured the honor in 1965.

It was a long wait for such a trophy to come to Buffalo after Simpson. Thurman Thomas was the league's best player in 1991. Buffalo hasn't had a winner since.

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