September 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Auburn Tigers tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen (43) runs after a catch in the first half against the Clemson Tigers at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen dies in car accident

There is some very sad news to report from the SEC world on Sunday as one of the more famous and beloved players in Auburn Tigers football history, tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, died in an automobile accident early Sunday morning.

Auburn’s 247 Sports site, Auburn Undercover, was the first to report the shocking news.

Philip Lutzenkirchen, a member of the 2010 Auburn national championship team and one of the most popular players in recent Tigers history, died in an automobile accident early Sunday morning, AUC has learned.

He was 23.

At this time, no other details are known.

Lutzenkirchen was a pivotal member of the 2010 Auburn team that would go on to win the national championship by defeating the Oregon Ducks under the direction his quarterback, and friend, Cam Newton.

During his career on the Plains, Lutzenkirchen caught 59 passes for 628 yards and 14 touchdowns. His career, sadly, came to an abrupt end in 2012 when he sustained a hip injury during the SEC regular season.

He would go on to sign a free agent contract with the St. Louis Rams, however he was released as the injury to the hip continued to linger.

Just 23-years-old, this is news that you never want to hear and the Auburn community has to be stunned, again, especially considering the fact that he was one of the biggest fan favorites of one of the most rabid fan bases in all of sports.

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  • ronbad1

    As a Alabama fan we love to hate Auburn and vise versa but this is tragic and sad no matter were your team loyalties are. I used to hate hearing his name when they were playing BAMA because it usually meant something good for Auburn. My condolences to his family and friends.

    • Cranky Crab

      That you would even qualify that with some sports-nerd stuff is just pathetic.

      • ronbad1

        I offer condolences you offer criticism. I pretty sure the pathetic one is you.

    • TigerGold

      I think it means a lot to say “Hey, I’m not an Auburn fan but i’m with Auburn in mourning.” As an LSU fan, I never met or knew him by anything except the way he played ball and his reputation. I’m so sad to hear about this tragedy though. Today Ronbad1, I’m with you in mourning the loss of a great young player, a Tiger with different stripes than me. I’m keeping his family and friends in my prayers.

  • Sonya Menssen

    To all my AUburn friends and college football family, prayers, sympathy and condolences to this young mans family, friends, fans and the AU Tiger Nation. Rivalry aside, every player is someone’s son, brother, nephew, friend and teammate and we all hate to see them leave us so young. From a die hard Bammer, a heartfelt WDE! to Phillip and the Auburn Faithful! RIP!

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  • William George Lang III

    As a Gator Booster i despise the tigers but, this is tragic news. no one wants to see a young life like this taken way to soon. deepest condolences to his family and his tigers family. Our prayers are with you…The Gator Nation.

  • Ron Grimes

    there are very few auto ACCIDENTS they are wrecks that are preventable and it is time to crack down on people who cause wrecks from texting,eating,baby sitting,etc,etc

    • ronbad1

      While what you say is true I’ve not read a report that any of those things happened. He was however not using a seatbelt at the time. Sad loss.

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