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Remembering Philip Lutzenkirchen in his own words

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 Most of the world was introduced to Philip Lutzenkirchen after an incredible play he made for his high school team, the Lassiter Trojans in Marietta, Georgia. He caught a pass and flicked it to his teammate for the touchdown. After his high school days were done, he knew he would go to Auburn.

“This is where my heart was set. I just really enjoy the school and the people here. I've just been blessed with the opportunity to play here,” Lutzenkirchen said in a November 2012 interview.

During his freshman year, he was a part of a national championship team. He made the go ahead touchdown catch against Alabama in one of the best Iron Bowls ever. He was proud of other teams viewed Auburn.

 “They think they are going to have to score a lot of points to beat us. Our offense put up a lot of points every game. We can score on any given play,”  Lutzenkirchen said before the 2010 national championship.

His play on the field was stellar, but his attitude off the field was even more consistently great. During his senior year, he said fans routinely thanked him.

I played football and I tried to live the right way and live how my parents raised me. I put others first. It was very humbling and awesome for someone to come up and say that to me,” Lutzenkirchen said in November 2012.

During the national championship season when everything was going right, he remained humble.

“I think God has blessed this team. We have got a real strong group of Christians on this team. We have been giving God all the glory all year. I think he is rewarding us, said Lutzenkirchen in 2010.

And after getting injured and forced to sit out the second half of his senior season, he relied on that same faith to guide him.

“Then getting hurt, it is not what you expect when you come back, I know that God has a plan for me and I’ll be alright in whatever I end up doing,” Lutzenkirchen said in 2012. 

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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