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Phillips Tries To Rebuild Career

February 24, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Lawrence Phillips, whose NFL career short-circuited after two seasons, will try again this summer in NFL-Europe.

Phillips, the troubled running back from Nebraska who was the sixth overall pick in the 1996 draft, was chosen in the 10th round of Tuesday’s NFL Europe draft by the Barcelona Dragons.

Phillips was released four days into training camp last summer by the Miami Dolphins, where he landed in 1997 after being released by the St. Louis Rams. That came four weeks after his latest brush with the law, one that resulted in six months probation after a confrontation with a woman in a bar.

His 19 months in St. Louis were marked by three arrests and 23 days in jail for violating probation after a drunken-driving arrest in California.

Phillips gained 632 yards as a rookie and 633 yards before being released in November after he regularly missing meetings. In two years, he averaged just 3.3 yards per carry during his career.

Phillips has been a controversial figure since his college days.

He was considered a Heisman Trophy contender as a junior, but was suspended two games into the 1995 season after he pleaded no contest to assaulting a former girlfriend. He was reinstated for the Fiesta Bowl, then skipped his senior season with the Cornhuskers to turn pro.

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