Lawrence Phillips

Player of American and Canadian football Lawrence Phillips

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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12 May 1975

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Report: Lawrence Phillips' family seeking probe to disprove suicide - Fox News
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USA TODAY Report: Lawrence Phillips' family seeking probe to disprove suicide Fox News The family of Lawrence Phillips continues to push for an investigation on whether the former NFL running back committed suicide in a California jail while awaiting trial on murder charges. Attorney Dan Chamberlain told USA TODAY on Friday that he was ... Former NFL player's attorney expresses skepticism overKern Golden Empire Attorney: Lawrence Phillips defended himself from gangKERO 23ABC News all 9 news articles »
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Coroner: Imprisoned ex-NFL running back Lawrence Phillips committed suicide
Chicago Times - about 2 years
Imprisoned former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips committed suicide while he was awaiting a trial that could have brought him the death penalty, a California coroner said Friday. The Kern County coroner's office released no other details. Phillips, 40, was found unresponsive at Kern Valley State...
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Lawrence Phillips, Volatile Football Star, Dies at 40
NYTimes - about 2 years
A gifted running back for Nebraska and the St. Louis Rams, Phillips derailed his career with a series of violent criminal acts off the field.
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Ex-NFL player Phillips dead in California prison of suspected suicide
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Lawrence Phillips, a former NFL player convicted in a domestic violence case and later charged with murdering a cellmate, was found dead in his California prison cell early on Wednesday of a suspected suicide, officials said. The 40-year-old Phillips' death came less than five months after he was charged with murder in the April 11, 2015, strangling of his cellmate, a prison spokeswoman said. The former University of Nebraska star was awaiting trial in that case and faced a possible life sentence if convicted.
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Ex-Rams running back Lawrence Phillips dead after likely prison suicide
LATimes - about 2 years
Former Rams running back Lawrence Phillips died early Wednesday in what California prison officials deemed a likely suicide. Phillips, 40, was found unconscious just after midnight during a security check by staff at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano outside Bakersfield, the state corrections...
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Ex-NFL running back Lawrence Phillips found dead in prison
Fox News - about 2 years
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California prison officials say former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been found dead in his prison cell, and they suspect suicide.
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  • 2016
    Age 40
    On January 15, 2016, it was announced that Phillips' family had agreed to donate his brain to be examined for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) at Boston University.
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    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.
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  • 2015
    Age 39
    On September 1, 2015, Phillips was charged with first-degree murder in Soward's death.
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    On April 12, 2015, Phillips' cellmate Damion Soward, the cousin of former NFL wide receiver R.
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  • 2009
    Age 33
    On December 18, 2009, Phillips was sentenced to 25 years in prison on the 2009 convictions, to run consecutive to the 2008 sentence (which was reduced to just under 7 years), for a term of 32 years.
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    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.
  • 2008
    Age 32
    On October 3, 2008, he was sentenced to 10 years in a California state prison.
  • 2006
    Age 30
    On October 10, 2006, he was found guilty of seven counts.
    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.
  • 2005
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 27
    Phillips briefly held out of training camp before the 2003 season due to a salary dispute.
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  • 2001
    Age 25
    In 2001, Phillips signed with the Florida Bobcats of the Arena Football League.
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  • 1999
    Age 23
    In making the announcement, Mariucci said that the only reason the 49ers did not release Phillips right away was that his entire signing bonus would have counted against the team's salary cap for 1999, thus tying up nearly all of their cap room.
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    Phillips returned stateside with the San Francisco 49ers in the Fall of 1999.
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  • 1998
    Age 22
    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.
  • 1997
    Age 21
    In 1997, Phillips surpassed his entire 1996 total in only 10 games and nine starts, rushing for 634 yards.
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  • 1996
    Age 20
    In 1996 Phillips had played 15 games with 11 starts.
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    He received no signing bonus, but his salaries were $1.5 million in 1996, $1.875 million in 1997 and $2.25 million in 1998.
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    On July 29, 1996, Phillips signed a three-year, $5.625-million contract.
    Despite his considerable character issues, with his strong performance, Phillips was drafted sixth overall in the 1996 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.
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    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.
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  • 1995
    Age 19
    When the 1995 season finally arrived, Phillips became an early front-runner for the Heisman Trophy.
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    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.
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  • 1994
    Age 18
    Shortly before the start of the next season, Phillips' eligibility was in question for receiving a $100 lunch from a sports agent during the 1994 season.
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    Phillips' performance in the Orange Bowl that year was key to Nebraska securing its undefeated season and the national championship in 1994.
    By his sophomore year, Phillips became the focal point of the offense because of injuries to quarterbacks Tommie Frazier and Brook Berringer. Phillips tied a school record by rushing for 100 yards or more in 11 straight games in 1994 despite frequently playing against eight or nine-man defensive fronts.
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    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.
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  • 1993
    Age 17
    In 1993, his freshman year at Nebraska, Phillips gradually worked his way up the player ranks.
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  • 1975
    Born on May 12, 1975.
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