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We Have Lost Lutzie … “Crushed and without words.”

By on June 29th, 2014 in Football, News 13 Comments »

Reports have surfaced from Georgia that Phillip Lutzenkirchen was killed in car crash in Troup County, Georgia. He was signed by the Rams and released in August 2013. I will always remember him as a fine young man who did his job and led others to do theirs. The winning Iron Bowl Catch is legendary. He will be sorely missed by Auburn fans.

Auburn AD Jay Jacobs said in a release:
“Philip’s death is a devastating tragedy for his family, the Auburn family and his countless friends. Today is also a profoundly sad day for the Auburn Athletics family, who loved and respected Philip not only as a great player but more importantly as a friend and the epitome of an Auburn man.”

Both Gus Malzahn and Gene Chizik expressed deep respect for Phllip and sadness for his passing. However, perhaps Offensive Coordinator, Rhett Lashlee best expressed the feeling of the Auburn Family when he said:
  “The Auburn Family is broken today with the loss of a great Auburn man and friend Phillip Lutzenkirchen. Crushed and without words.”

Condolences to his family and rest in peace Lutzie. 

Here is a link to a story from the NBC affiliate in Huntsville, Al.


  1. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    A big loss for his family and for the Auburn Family as well. He will be missed!

  2. friedca friedca says:

    Absolutely shocking news. Always seemed like such a great kid on and off the field.

  3. KungFuPanda9 KungFuPanda9 says:

    Lutzenkirchen was a true gentleman. Intelligent, polite, and strong, he embodied the historic elements of a hero. His loss is a sad day for all of humanity. He was on a path to do good works with his life. I am very saddened by this tragedy. I will remember him always with fondness.

  4. Todd92 Todd92 says:

    Tragic in every sense of the word. Thoughts and deepest sympathies for his family and friends. Proud to say you were a true Auburn Man and a great role model for my kids. RIP Lutz….

  5. mvhcpa says:

    One of my favorite outside-the-game things from the 2010 season was an xtranormal cartoon of “Greg” and “Julio” from Bama discussing the Camback–there was a line in there “What kind of name is Lutzenkirchen anyway?” to which the answer was “I believe it is German for “touchdown-maker.”

    We can see that Lutz was more than just that.

    “Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may Your perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through Your great mercy, rest in peace.”

    Michael Val
    (who says we all need to honor this young man’s life by aspiring to be the kind of Auburn man he was)

  6. If there ever was a model for a true #AuburnMan ~ it was Phillip Lutzenkirchen. Anyone would be proud to call him their son. Heartbroken. His smile and happiness were always on display. His was so proud of Jalen Harris the other day at his announcement ~ as though it was his own son. Sending up prayers of comfort for his family in this tragic time. I know he will be missed by the #AuburnFamily. #WarEagleForever

  7. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..This is awful. A couple of bright young lives were cut short, senselessly. Condolences go out to all the families involved, and we are thinking of them.

    …..Folks, please wear those seat belts!

  8. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    Toomers Corner was rolled in his honor. Way to go guys, you make us old guys proud of you honoring him like that.

  9. WarEagleEngr says:

    What a tragedy.

    Though it’s surely no consolation to his family and friends, Lutzenkirchen’s name will resound forever in Auburn lore, due to his clutch performances on the field, his exemplary character, and his big moment in the ’10 Iron Bowl.

    In my lifetime five AU players have scored dramatic game-winning touchdowns against Bama: David Langner, Bo Jackson, Lawyer Tillman, Phillip Lutzenkirchen, Chris Davis.

    How heartbreaking that we’ve lost two of these heroes in just a few months.

  10. A terrible tragedy. He was such a good ambassador for Auburn. He will be missed. RIP Phillip.

  11. Its hard to see someone the same age as I perish so suddenly. I was always a huge Lutz fan, my favorite on field moment was his strip fumble of a Bama defender just after an interception in the 2010 IB. My father has always said that you never know when your life is half over, so make it worthwhile… from all I know of Lutz he definitely made it worthwhile. God comfort the families of these two men. As for Philip remember us down here as you dine with our Saviour in paradise…

  12. […] when I received the news that the former Auburn great was gone. I suppose Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee expressed how most of us felt when he tweeted, ” Crushed and without words.” We all know death […]

  13. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    With the young man gone, the lutzie will become legend now. And rightfully so.

    By all accounts a fine young man.


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