I won’t dwell on what the man did during a Hall-of-Fame football career, because O.J. Simpson destroyed whatever that legacy was in my mind when he and his sidekick Al Cowlings drove a Ford Bronco at a turtle’s pace down a California highway with a parade of police cars behind them.

Do you remember the sight?

I didn’t know then much about Simpson’s role — yes, I never believed he was innocent — in the killing of two people. Nor did I cheer his acquittal.

But I’ll always thank Simpson for giving us a peek into what a case in court looks like. It’s not about justice. It’s about lawyering, and Simpson had the best team of lawyers ever assembled.

His case in California made Johnnie Cochran famous; his case made Robert Kardashian and Robert Shapiro famous; his case made Alan Dershowitz and Barry Scheck famous; and his case kept the name F. Lee Bailey, the most celebrated American trial lawyer since Clarence Darrow, in the spotlight.

The case made Judge Lance Ito and prosecutor Marcia Clark infamous.

But oh did their lawyering keep Americans riveted to the case, often called the “Trial of the Century.” Either you thought O.J. guilty or you thought him innocent. Those were the choices people made early. Innocent until proven guilty … the case against O.J. showed how silly that notion was.

I wish all defendants could assemble a Dream Team of attorneys like his. I wish all Americans could go back and dissect how the Simpson case played out. For if they did, they would understand the legal system here better than they do now.

They would understand, as I’ve come to do, that it’s all about lawyering and jury selection more than anything else. Race and a flush bank account matter a great deal, of course.  The truth does not, and it probably never has.

Whatever the whole truth is in the Simpson saga, which one law professor referred to as a “cultural phenomenon,” we’ll likely never know in totality — the word of the month. We do know, however, that O.J. in his destroying two families (the Browns and the Goldmans) brought home to all of us the ins and outs of the legal system in America.

As much as some people rave about it, the system is flawed just like the society that allows it to function as it does. Maybe the system made practical sense in 1789, but the world has changed since it was built. So have the people who live in it.

I’m a Christian, so I’ll say to O.J Simpson what others might not: Rest in peace, Juice!