Tragedy struck The Plains over the weekend when former Auburn star Philip Lutzenkirchen, along with a friend, was killed in a one-car accident. Adding to the tragedy were reports that alcohol may have contributed to the crash as well as the 23-year-old Lutzenkirchen not wearing a seat belt being a factor in his death.
Wednesday evening, a memorial service was held to honor Lutzenkirchen’s memory in his hometown of Marietta, Ga., with Lassiter High School’s Frank Fillmann Stadium filled to capacity by those paying their respects. Among those in attendance were Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn and athletic director Jay Jacobs.
“We’re not supposed to have favorite players,” Malzahn said. “Phil made that hard at Auburn. He had a great football IQ and he was one of the best players to ever play at Auburn. He had the ‘It’ factor.”
At the close of the service, a video tribute was shown. As I was challenged on Twitter, I dare you to make it through the entire five-plus minutes without the room getting dusty: