Lawrence Phillips

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Lawrence Phillips
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Mugshot of Phillips after his 2005 arrest.
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Position:Running back / return specialist
Personal information
Born:(1975-05-12)May 12, 1975
Little Rock, Arkansas
Died:January 13, 2016(2016-01-13) (aged 40)
Delano, California
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:224 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Baldwin Park (CA)
NFL Draft:1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:1,453
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Lawrence Lamond Phillips (May 12, 1975 – January 13, 2016) was a professional American football and Canadian football running back. He was a two-time college football national champion at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. Many people consider the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers, on which Phillips played, to be the greatest college football team of all time.

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.

He was arrested several times during the course of his life. In 2015, Phillips was charged with the murder of his former cellmate, Damion Soward.[1][2]

Phillips died January 13, 2016, at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, California from an apparent suicide attempt, where he was serving a seven-year term for felony assault with a deadly weapon, at the age of 40.[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Phillips couldn't outrun off-the-field troubles". Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  2. Ron Clements. "Prosecutors will not seek death penalty in Lawrence Phillips murder case". Sporting News. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  3. "Lawrence Phillips found dead in prison at age 40". USA TODAY. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  4. "Troubled ex-NFL star Lawrence Phillips dies in prison". BBC News. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2016-01-14.