The Day O.J. Stole the Show

Sports Illustrated

Every day, Noel Jenke remembers, he would walk from Gophers football practice at old Northrop Field, across the west end zone of Memorial Stadium and into the locker room. Late in the week before the 1968 opener -- a season that held so much promise -- Jenke remembers being unable to see his feet in the grass on the field.

It kept growing and growing and growing.

"I remember asking the old groundskeeper guy when he was going to cut it," said Jenke, a linebacker and a captain for the Gophers that season. "He just laughed and said he'd been told to let it go."

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