Sad news for the Auburn family was reported by the Ledger-Enquirer on Sunday, June 29, 2014, as former tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen died early that morning in a car wreck. The accident was said to have happened outside of LaGrange, Georgia.
Lutzenkirchen was just 23-years-old.
The accident happened at 3:06 a.m. on Sunday morning, according to Master Trooper B.N. Talley of the Georgia State Patrol.
"It happened at the intersection of Upper Big Springs Road and Lower Big Springs Road," Talley said. "The vehicle was a 2006 Chevy Tahoe and the driver missed a stop sign at the intersection of those two roads, which is more or less a 'T-intersection.' They traveled through the intersection off into a churchyard. They were out out of control for about 450 feet."
Talley said that the vehicle overturned and all four passengers were ejected. Philip Lutzenkirchen was one of those ejected passengers and he was killed at the scene. Joseph Davis, the driver of the vehicle, was also killed.
Philip Lutzenkirchen was well known for being a part of Auburn's 2010 national championship team. Throughout his career, he caught 59 passes for 628 yards and a total of 14 touchdowns.
Sadly, Lutzenkirchen playing career at Auburn ended after he sustained a hip injury in a game against Ole Miss back in 2012. He did end up with a chance at the NFL as he signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Rams in 2013.
Due to his hip injury, his was released by the Rams just four months later.
Lutzenkirchen has worked as a volunteer assistant at St. James in Montgomery, Alabama. During his time there, he was the position coach who helped Jalen Harris, who is a tight end that just committed to Auburn this past week.