"How much do the Bills depend on running back O.J. Simpson? Well, they didn't win any games after O.J. was knocked out by injury in the eighth game of the season. At first there was a rumor that Simpson had undergone knee surgery, but that was due to a mixup in terminology. The prize draft choice of 1969 had suffered only a knee capsule tear- not critical enough for surgery, but serious enough to keep Simpson from playing the rest of the season. It's expected that he'll be completely recovered this year.
O.J. wound up with only 488 yards and five touchdowns last season. But, in the games he played, the former USC star showed a changed attitude. He seemed more willing to pitch in on blocking and pass protection assignments in addition to carrying the ball. When he does get the ball Simpson is, according to coach Rauch, 'an every-play threat.'"
-Brenda Zanger, Pro Football 1971