New England cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was found guilty of third-degree assault against a police officer and a resisting arrest by a jury on Wednesday in Lincoln, Neb.
Dennard faces up to six years on prison. Third-degree assault of a police officer is a felony. Sentencing is set for April 11.
The jury's verdict ended a weeklong, high-profile trial in a state where Dennard emerged as a standout cornerback for the Cornhuskers.
The conviction almost certainly will impact Dennard's football career. He not only faces a jail term but a likely suspension from the NFL.
The incident took place last April outside a Lincoln bar just days before the NFL Draft. Dennard was accused of hitting a police officer in the jaw and assaulting another man. Dennard was acquitted Wednesday on the misdemeanor assault charge.
After the altercation, Dennard, considered a potential first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, slipped to the seventh round.
As a rookie with the Patriots, Dennard started seven regular-season games and and two playoff games.