Two-time Super Bowl-winner Brandon Browner was jailed for eight years on Tuesday after pleading no contest to attempting to murder his ex-girlfriend in California.
Browner, 34, had appeared in court in Pomona, outside Los Angeles, following an attack at his victim’s home on July 8.
The former cornerback, who won back-to-back Super Bowls with the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots in 2014 and 2015 respectively, was accused of attempting to smother the woman after breaking into her home in La Verne.
He pleaded no contest to one felony count of attempted murder and two misdemeanour counts of cruelty to a child involving the woman’s two children.
Superior Court Judge Bruce F. Marrs ordered Browner to stay away from the woman and her two children for 10 years, the District Attorney’s Office said.
Browner’s attack occurred with the woman’s two children present.
The former NFL player was detained by police hours after his attack. He had also stolen the woman’s Rolex watch during the attack.
As well as the Patriots and the Seahawks, Browner’s 11-year NFL/CFL career also featured stints with the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints.
Browner is best known as a member of the ‘Legion of Boom’ the nickname given to the Seattle Seahawks defence that powered their way to the Superbowl in 2013.
However, Browner missed the championship-winning game against the Denver Broncos after he found himself under investigation for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug rules.
After being reinstated by the NFL, Browner signed the New England Patriots on a three year $17 million contract.
He played one season with the franchise, and on his final play for New England blocked Jermaine Kearse on a pick play on second and goal from the one-yard line that enabled Marcus Butler to make the most famous interception in Superbowl history and secure the championship for New England.
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