Former NFL Star Falls Hard from Grace

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    Phillips was once one of the nation's top college football players at Nebraska.

    Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips will spend more than 30 years in prison for attacking his girlfriend in San Diego and driving his car into teenagers after an argument at a pickup football game in Los Angeles.

    Phillips was sentenced to 31 years in prison Friday for his role in a brutal attack on a former girlfriend.

    In August, a Superior Court jury convicted Phillips of choking his girlfriend on two occasions, once into unconciousness.

    The former professional football player choked his 28-year old girlfriend in her Mission Valley home in an attack that started on August 2, 2005 at 4:30 a.m. in the morning and lasted until 1:00 the next afternoon. Phillips assaulted the woman again two weeks later.

    In a restraining order obtained by NBC 7/39 in August 2005, Phillips was quoted as asking his victim, "Do you want to die tonight?"

    After the charges were filed against him in 2005, Phillips fled to Los Angeles, where he aimed a car at a group of boys and young men after a pickup football game near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

    Three people were struck by the car, and a fourth young man was injured when the car struck a bicycle which then hit him.

    In 2006, he was convicted of seven felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon in that incident.

    Phillips was once one of the nation's top college football players at Nebraska. He went on to play for the St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.