Philip Lutzenkirchen, former Auburn tight end, died early yesterday after fatal injuries sustained in a car accident.
According to Georgia State Patrol and NFL.com, Lutzenkirchen was traveling south of LaGrange, Georgia as the passenger of the vehicle, when the driver failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection. The driver ultimately lost control of the vehicle, which overturned several times in the one-car accident.
The driver, who was identified as Joseph Ian Davis, was also killed in the tragic accident.
The loss of Lutzenkirchen has taken everyone from family and friends to coaches and teammates by an overwhelming wave of sadness. Auburn students decorated College Street in his honor, while teammates and coaches took to Twitter to express their sadness, including Greg Robinson, the St. Louis Rams second overall draft pick this year. Robinson and Lutzenkirchen were both played together as Aubie Tigers for two years.
Auburn fans roll trees along College Street in memory of former tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen. pic.twitter.com/HoJ8lmOQ9q
— The Auburn Plainsman (@TheAUPlainsman) June 29, 2014
RIP LUTZ my brother you will forever be remembered as a great brother and teammate sad to see you go so soon you will forever be loved
— Greg Robinson (@GRob_92) June 29, 2014
We lost a great Auburn man today in Philip Lutzenkirchen. His character and positive influence will be remembered forever.
— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) June 29, 2014
Philip Lutzenkirchen was named a second-team All-SEC selection by the coaches and media after a seven-touchdown campaign in 2011, and holds school records for touchdown receptions by a tight end in both a season and a career. He was signed to a free agent contract by the Rams in 2013, but was cut due to a lingering hip injury that ended his senior year at Auburn early.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.