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Former Auburn, Rams TE Philip Lutzenkirchen passes away

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Former Auburn and NFL tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen passed away Sunday in an auto accident in Georgia, according to the school’s athletic department and other published reports.

According to USA Today, the 23-year-old Lutzenkirchen was a passenger in an auto that overturned outside of LaGrange, Georgia. The driver also perished in the accident, according to the report.

Lutzenkirchen played for Auburn from 2009 through 2012. He caught five TD passes for the school’s national title winning club of 2010, including the game-winner against rival Alabama.

“I came to know Philip well and I admired everything about who he was and the way he lived his life,” Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said in a statement issued by the school on Sunday. “He had a strong faith, a big heart and a burning desire to help others. Philip was a bright light this world desperately needed, and his death leaves a void that can’t possibly be filled. My prayers, my thoughts and my heart go out to his wonderful parents, Mike and Mary, their entire family and his many grieving friends.”

Lutzenkirchen signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent last spring but was waived at the end of August.

The Rams retweeted multiple messages of condolences from current players, including No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson, Lutzenkirchen’s teammate at Auburn.

UPDATE 5:08 p.m. ET: The Rams issued a statement from G.M. Les Snead on Sunday.  “I’m saddened to learn of the passing of Philip Lutzenkirchen,” Snead said.  “During his brief time with the Rams, Philip was a consummate pro. On behalf of the St. Louis Rams organization, we would like to send our condolences to his family. As an Auburn alum myself and with Coach Fisher’s ties to the university through his son Trent and daughter Tara, we join the Tigers in grieving this tragic loss.”

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7 Responses to “Former Auburn, Rams TE Philip Lutzenkirchen passes away”
  1. ctiggs says: Jun 29, 2014 4:40 PM

    So sad to hear this.

  2. shackdelrio says: Jun 29, 2014 4:41 PM

    Sad to see anybody die so young.


  3. lamontjoe says: Jun 29, 2014 4:48 PM

    This guy was a beast at Auburn. Prayers for him, his family and friends Such a tragedy. RIP. 👍

  4. motleytrap says: Jun 29, 2014 4:49 PM

    Reputation as a person and ambassador for Auburn was impeccable.

    One of the best players they ever had.

    RIP Lutz.

  5. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jun 29, 2014 6:59 PM

    So shocked to hear this news. Thoughts and condolences to his friends n family

  6. anothervoiceofreason says: Jun 29, 2014 9:31 PM

    Why would some one “thumbs down” messages of condolence for a person’s death? What kind of person are you, really?

  7. 34defense2014 says: Jun 30, 2014 12:39 AM

    Because when it comes to Sports fans! For some reason? I’m just learning this the more I get involved!! Ignorants must be bliss?!,!? Some of the stuff people say? I don’t understand? Mean people suck!! RIP

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