Auburn News

Lessons from Lutz

Last summer, the Auburn Family lost one of its beloved members. Philip Lutzenkirchen, a former Auburn tight end, was known for his vivacious attitude on, and off, the field. Fans remember him by his trademark touchdown dance, “the Lutzy” and by his faith and service to others. He was a proud member of the 2010 National Championship team and the record holder for most touchdowns by a tight end at Auburn with 14.

Philip was in killed in a single car-alcohol related accident last June in LeGrange, Ga. He was 23-years-old.


Mike Lutzenkirchen will be at the Auburn Arena to share his son’s story on March 11. Doors open at 6 p.m.

While Philip was not driving that day, his father Mike said that his son made a choice and it is his mission to warn others through his family’s tragedy.”As a parent, I have a responsibility to share Philip’s story with young people in the hopes that no other family has to experience the loss of a child like we have,” Mike told the University. “As a member of the Auburn Family, I know how much Philip meant to the University. He was a true Auburn man whose character, service and faith inspired everyone around him.”

Philip’s family established the Lutzie 43 foundation shortly after his death to “develop the character of young athletes and their coaches focusing on leadership, charity, compassion, mentorship, hard work, honesty and faith.”