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Tribute To 43

During the early hours on June 29, Auburn lost one of its own in a tragic accident, and I lost a very close friend. 

Philip Lutzenkirchen (aka "Lutzy"), a former Auburn superstar, left behind a legacy that will never be forgotten by Auburn football fans and the Auburn community.

As a football player, Lutzenkirchen is best-known for his game-winning catch in the legendary 2010 Iron Bowl, and for helping the Tigers win the National Championship title against Oregon that same year. He also scored more career touchdowns than any tight-end in Auburn history (14) and held the record for most touchdowns by a tight-end in a single season (7). In 2013, he signed a contract as a free-agent with the St. Louis Rams, but was unable to play because of an injury. Phil Lutzenkirchen was much much more than just a football player. He was the epitome of an Auburn man--intelligent, hard-working, honest, and kind.

It was an honor knowing Phil. He was a caring, warm-hearted man with strong faith and a welcoming smile. His generosity was unending, and there's nothing he wouldn't have done for another person. He will surely be remembered, in history, as the best tight-end to play for Auburn, but anyone who knew him will remember him more for the amazing person he was. 

Even though Phil is gone from this Earth, those who loved him can find comfort in the constant reminders of him, like the number 43, and Auburn's orange and blue sunsets. It's those things that assure me that he is watching over all of us from Heaven. Please continue to pray for his friends and family during this difficult time.

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