Philip Lutzenkirchen, a member of Auburn’s 2010 national championship team, died in a car accident Sunday morning. He was 23.
According to the ‘Ledger-Enqurier’ (Columbus, Ga.), the incident occurred outside of LaGrange, Ga. Master Trooper B.N. Talley of the Georgia State Patrol told the newspaper that the car containing the former Tigers tight end and three others overturned after missing a stop sign at an intersection and all passengers were ejected.
The driver of the vehicle was also killed.
Lutzenkirchen caught 59 passes from for 628 yards and ranks first all-time in Tigers history for touchdown receptions for a tight end with 14.
"On the field, Philip was a great player and competitor, but more importantly, he was a great teammate and friend off the field," Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement. "My thoughts and prayers are with Philip’s parents, Mike and Mary, and all of his family and friends who are grieving his passing. This is a sad day for the entire Auburn family. I find peace knowing that even though Philip was taken from us too soon, that he lived his life to the fullest, leaving a lifetime of great memories for his family and friends to cherish forever."
Lutzenkirchen career ended midway through the 2012 season with a hip injury, and while he signed a free-agent contract with the Rams in 2013, lasted just four months before being released.
He had been working as a volunteer high school coach at Saint James School in Montgomery, Ala.