O.J. Simpson’s Stolen USC Heisman Trophy Recovered After 20 Years

After more than two decades, the case on O.J. Simpson finally has been closed.

Well, at least on his missing hardware.

The Los Angeles Police Department announced Tuesday that it has recovered USC’s copy of Simpson’s Heisman Trophy, which he won during his final season with the Trojans in 1968. The trophy was stolen along with a Simpson jersey from USC’s Heritage Hall on July 28, 1994, while Simpson was awaiting trial for his ex-wife’s murder.

Detectives in the department’s art theft detail revealed that they recovered the trophy on Dec. 16. Police believe two burglars unscrewed a glass case to remove the items but the department didn’t release any further details, saying that the investigation still is open.

Simpson had a banner year for USC in 1968, rushing for 1,709 yards and 22 touchdowns in the regular season and leading the Trojans to the Rose Bowl, where he rushed for 171 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Ohio State.

The 67-year-old currently is serving time in a Nevada prison after being convicted on several charges including armed robbery in 2008. He reportedly sold his copy of the Heisman to defray court costs, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Thumbnail photo via Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports Images

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