Auburn University Remembers Life Of Philip Lutzenkirchen


By Alabama News Network

The Auburn family suffered a loss this weekend when former football star Philip Lutzenkirchen was killed in a car accident in Georgia.

The campus is still reeling from the news of Phillip Lutzenkirchen's death.
But people are looking at ways to remember number 43.

Probably best known for his catch in the 2010 Iron Bowl, Philip Lutzenkirchen has had a big impact on Auburn far beyond his time on the field. 

Ric Smith knew Lutzenkirchen from announcing the football games in Jordan-Hare, as well as through his internship through the college.

"Football was a big part of Philip Lutzenkurchen, but there was so much more. So many of the comments you hear and the stories you read, it's not so much about football side, which of course that's part. It really comes down to who he was as a human being. That's the greatest testament of all to him," said Smith.

In one of his last interviews as an Auburn Tiger, he highlighted just how important it was for him to be the best on and off the field. He said fans and students regularly came up to thank him for that. 

"I played football and I tried to live the right way and live how my parents raised me to put others first. It was very humbling and just awesome for someone to come up and say that," said Lutzenkirchen. 
The Athletic Department is still working out the best way to remember one of their favorite football players.
"Currenty things are being worked through and if and when the appropriate time comes there will be something we will definitely announce that. The high school where Phillip attended, Lassiter High School in Marietta, GA, they are holding a public memorial wednesday at 8 pm eastern time," said Kirk Sampson.
Some students and fans are hoping to see Philip's name added to the walk of fame here at Toomer's corner.
A former University of Georgia baseball player was also killed in that accident.
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