Former Auburn Star Philip Lutzenirchen Killed in Car Crash
On Sunday, the players, coaches, students, and fans of Auburn University got some pretty terrible news. Former Tigers tight end Philip Lutzenirchen, 23, was killed along with another man, 22, in a single-car crash in LaGrange, Georgia.
Lutzenirchen set an Auburn record for tight ends with 14 career touchdowns and was a key contributor on Auburn’s 2010 National Championship team. Perhaps more importantly, he became a fan favorite in 2010 after scoring a vital touchdown against Alabama and performing an end zone dance quickly dubbed “The Lutzie.”
Following his collegiate career Lutzenirchen took a stab at the NFL, signing with the Rams as a free agent in 2013. However, after getting cut that August, he moved back to Alabama where he worked at a wealth management company and served as a volunteer coach at Saint James High School in Montgomery.
“This is a sad day for the entire Auburn family,” said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn in a statement on Sunday. “I find peace knowing that even though Philip was taken from us too soon, that he lived his life to the fullest, leaving a lifetime of great memories for his family and friends to cherish forever.”
What a bummer. Our thoughts go out to Lutzenirchen’s family and friends.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]