RUNNING FOR HIS LIFE: The Lawrence Phillips Story, a powerful documentary examining the cycle of domestic violence that plagued two-time NCAA Division I college football champion Lawrence Phillips and the personal demons that led to his death in January, will premiere on Friday, Dec. 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
Through interviews with football legends Tom Osborne, Dick Vermeil, Steve Young, Nick Saban and more, as well as some of Phillips’ closest confidants, RUNNING FOR HIS LIFE peels back the curtain on the tragic life of one of America’s most talented and most flawed athletes.
Phillips, a powerful running back and two-time national champion at the University of Nebraska, led a team that has been called by some the most dominant college football team in history, the 1994/’95 Cornhuskers. During his tenure at Nebraska and a short stint in the NFL that followed, Phillips was convicted of several shockingly violent offenses, including domestic abuse and assault with a deadly weapon.
RUNNING FOR HIS LIFE examines Phillips’ propensity toward domestic violence, an epidemic increasingly found at the intersection of sports and American society. The film illustrates the influence and support of the coaches and teammates that came to love Phillips. In the end, however, it was not enough to overcome the violent tendencies that led to his incarceration and ultimately to his death.
Among the roots of Phillips’ troubles is a stint at Los Angeles’ infamous MacLaren Hall, a children’s group home that, “produces long-term psychological damage to children,” according to children’s activist and former MacLaren Hall foster child Andrew Bridge.