Lawrence Phillips

Player of American and Canadian Football
Born May 12, 1975

Lawrence Lamond Phillips is a former professional American football and Canadian football running back. Phillips's trouble with the law and inability to produce in the NFL have led many critics to label him as a bust.

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1975 Birth Born on May 12, 1975.


1993 18 Years Old In 1993, his freshman year at Nebraska, Phillips gradually worked his way up the player ranks. … Read More
In the second half of the 1994 Orange Bowl, he sparked the Huskers' ground game, carrying 13 times for 64 of the 183 rushing yards against a formidable Seminole defense. … Read More


1995 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Less than two weeks after Phillips helped Nebraska win the 1995 championship, he pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and vandalism dating to an incident in March 1994. … Read More
…  A two-time college football national champion at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Phillips played in the National Football League for the St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins, and San Francisco 49ers from 1996 through 1999, and for the Montreal Alouettes and Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League in 2002 and 2003. … Read More
1997 22 Years Old In 1997, Phillips surpassed his entire 1996 total in only 10 games and nine starts, rushing for 634 yards. … Read More
1998 23 Years Old Phillips missed the 1998 season before attempting a comeback in 1999; he set NFL Europe offensive records with the Barcelona Dragons (1,021 yards and 14 TDs) and attracted interest from several NFL teams.
1999 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Phillips returned stateside with the San Francisco 49ers in the Fall of 1999. … Read More
2001 26 Years Old In 2001, Phillips signed with the Florida Bobcats of the Arena Football League. … Read More
2003 28 Years Old Phillips briefly held out of training camp before the 2003 season due to a salary dispute. … Read More


2005 30 Years Old On August 21, 2005, Phillips was arrested for assault after driving a car into three teenagers following a dispute with them during a pick-up football game in Los Angeles, California. … Read More
2006 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 2006, Phillips was ordered to stand trial on charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon stemming from the August 21, 2005, incident.
2008 33 Years Old On October 3, 2008, he was sentenced to 10 years in a California state prison.
2009 34 Years Old 1 More Event
While serving that sentence, Phillips was convicted in August 2009 for the assault on his former girlfriend Amaliya Weisler on seven counts, including assault with great bodily injury, false imprisonment, making a criminal threat, and auto theft.


2015 40 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 12, 2015, Phillips' cellmate Damion Soward, the cousin of former NFL wide receiver R. … Read More
Phillips was awaiting trial and in segregated custody when he was found unresponsive in his cell by correctional officers around midnight on January 12, 2016, and pronounced dead at 1:30 AM, in what is suspected as a suicide. … Read More
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