Last week former Nebraska star running back Lawrence Phillips was found dead in his California prison cell from an apparent suicide.

This weekend a lawyer for his mother Juanita Phillips said that Phillips brain will be studied for CTE.

Dan Chamberlain told USA Today that Lawrence Phillips brain will be donated to Boston University's Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Program.

"She wanted an explanation about what happened, and I told her, ‘Look, the only way you can really explain it is by examining his brain,'” Chamberlain said, via USA Today. “I told her, ‘You owe it to your son, you owe it to every other NFL, college and pee wee and high school and middle school player that played football.'”

After Nebraska, Phillips was selected with the sixth pick overall by the St. Louis Ramsin the 1996 NFL Draft. While in the NFL, he played just 35 NFL games with the Rams, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.