The football icon O.J. Simpson passed today at the age of 76 following a battle with cancer.

Simpson, sometimes referred to as "The Juice," was a football player who became a cultural figure by appearing in ads and motion pictures.

A nationwide scandal erupted in 1994 when Simpson was charged with the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Nobody else was ever charged with the killings after Simpson was found not guilty in 1995, despite extensive media coverage and a televised trial.

Simpson became well-known while playing football for the University of Southern California, where he was the 1968 Heisman Trophy winner.

He had a great NFL career, mostly with the Buffalo Bills, where he was selected to many Pro Bowls and won running crowns. Simpson gained popularity on television after featuring in ads for companies like Hertz, in which he hurried through airports, then going on to feature in films. Following the horrific killings of Ronald Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson in 1994, Simpson was taken into custody and a nationally broadcast low-speed vehicle pursuit ensued. Even with all of the drama and legal wrangling, Simpson's legacy is still entwined with football legend and shame.