A former undrafted rookie who worked his way up from the practice squad, Adrian Phillips has become a mainstay in the Chargers’ secondary.
Philips played in 14 games while making six starts in 2016. He ranked fourth in tackles among the secondary and pulled in his second career interception. It came against former Chargers quarterback Drew Brees.
In his free time, Phillips enjoys traveling to tropical destinations, bike riding, playing golf and basketball, and spending time at the beach.
His brother, Byron Phillips, played running back at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and the University of North Texas.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chargers June 16, 2014...waived Aug. 30...re-signed to practice squad, Sept. 1...waived Sept. 23...re-signed to practice squad, Sept. 29...waived Oct. 1...re-signed to practice squad, Oct. 7...signed to active roster, Nov. 1...waived Nov. 3...re-signed to practice squad, Nov. 5...re-signed to active roster, Nov. 15...waived Nov. 29...re-signed to practice squad, Dec. 2...re-signed with Chargers, Dec. 29, 2014...waived Sept. 5...re-signed to practice squad, Sept. 7...signed to active roster, Sept. 19...waived Oct. 12...re-signed to practice squad, Oct. 14...re-signed to active roster, Oct. 20...waived Dec. 9...re-signed to practice squad, Dec. 11...re-signed to active roster, Dec. 16.
2016: Pressure and quarterback hit on same play Sept. 25 at Indianapolis when Jatavis Brown sacked Andrew Luck and forced fumble that was returned 61 yards by Caraun Reid for touchdown to tie game, 13-13...fourth-quarter interception off New Orleans’ Drew Brees Oct. 2...outstanding play to break up deep pass for Demaryius Thomas on opening series of game Oct. 30 at Denver...season-best five stops vs. Broncos.
2015: First NFL interception Jan. 3 at Denver, returning pick 39 yards to set up field goal. 2014: NFL debut Nov. 2 at Miami...also played Nov. 16 vs. Oakland and Nov. 23 vs. St. Louis.
COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-Big 12 and team captain as senior...co-winner of 2013 Dr. Nasser Al-Rashid Strength and Conditioning Award...Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in Fall 2011...206 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, one sack, seven pressures, six interceptions and 11 passes defensed...played at Texas from 2010-13...communications major.
PERSONAL: Born in Dallas, Texas...District 10-5A MVP and Offensive Player of Year, all-state, all-area and two-time first-team all-district at Garland (Texas) High School...lettered in track and field in 400 meters and shot put.