Stolen OJ Simpson Heisman Found, 20 Years Later

USC's copy of the trophy was stolen in 1994
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 7, 2015 9:44 AM CST
Stolen OJ Simpson Heisman Found, 20 Years Later
USC's OJ Simpson tries to break a California tackle as he picks up 5 yards in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in this Nov. 9, 1968, file photo.   (HF)

A Heisman Trophy that OJ Simpson won in 1968 has been recovered more than 20 years after it was stolen in a burglary at the University of Southern California, police said last night. The trophy and a Simpson jersey were stolen in a burglary at Heritage Hall, home to USC's athletic department, on July 28, 1994. At the time, Simpson was awaiting trial for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman, who were killed the previous month. He was ultimately acquitted in 1995. The trophy was recovered last month by detectives assigned to the LAPD's Art Theft Detail, the department said in a statement.

The recovered Heisman is the duplicate that's given to the university of the winning player, not the one given to Simpson himself in 1968, police said. It remained in police possession, and USC athletic officials had no immediate comment last night. Police would give no further details on where or how they found the trophy, saying the investigation was still open. They're seeking the public's help with further leads in the probe and any word on the location of the jersey, which remains missing. Simpson's own trophy was seized under a $33.5 million judgment after a civil court found him liable for the deaths of his ex-wife and Goldman. (More OJ Simpson stories.)

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