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Lutzenkirchen to present "Philip's Legacy…What Legacy are you leaving?" at Coe

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2016-02-17 12:46:49 - General

Mike Lutzenkirchen
Mike Lutzenkirchen

Mike Lutzenkirchen will present an emotional and inspiring speech entitled "Philip's legacy...What legacy are you leaving?" at Coe College on Tuesday, March 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

A 1985 Coe alumnus, Mike is the father of the late Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, who died tragically in an alcohol-rated traffic accident. Using the lessons of his son's untimely passing and showcasing incredible strength in sharing an unimaginable loss, Lutzenkirchen will speak about making smart choices, preparation, faith, courage and more.

Philip Lutzenkirchen was a star football player at Lassiter High School and Auburn University. His impact on the world went far beyond football. He was a loving son, brother and friend. He was a man of great faith as a devout follower of Christ. He was kind and generous and someone who went out of his way to help others. Philip was a large presence in the community, both in Marietta, Georgia, where he grew up, and during his time at Auburn.

Philip is well known for his accolades on the football field. At Lassiter, he became one of the top tight-end prospects in the country, amassing over 1,000 yards receiving his senior year. He appeared on ESPN's "Top Plays" for a miraculous play where he caught a ball out of bounds and threw it to a teammate for a touchdown. After receiving dozens of offers from all over the country, Philip committed to play his college career at Auburn.

At Auburn, everything came together for Philip and the Tigers in 2010 during their National Championship season, the first for the school in over 50 years. Philip became a household name when he caught the game-winning touchdown from Cam Newton in the Iron Bowl to defeat Alabama for the SEC West crown, sending Auburn to the SEC Championship Game.

Unfortunately, Philip's Auburn career was cut short due to a season-ending hip injury during his senior season, an injury from which he would never fully recover. Despite his injury, he finished his career as Auburn's all-time touchdown reception leader at tight end with 14 touchdown catches.

After going undrafted in the NFL Draft, Philip signed with the St. Louis Rams to achieve his goal of becoming an NFL football player. Never 100 percent healthy, Philip's brief NFL career came to an end in the last cut prior to the 2013 season.

While football was an avenue for Philip, it was never what he wanted to define him. His status as one of the most popular players in Auburn history has less to do with his on-field accomplishments, and more to do with his kindness, generosity and dedication to his communities.

On June 29, 2014, Philip died in a tragic single vehicle accident at just 23 years old. Though Philip has departed from this world, his father is helping to ensure that his legacy will never be forgotten.

For more information, call 319-399-8581.