Philip Lutzenkirchen

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Philip Lutzenkirchen
No. 43
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1991-06-01)June 1, 1991
Winfield, Illinois
Died: June 29, 2014(2014-06-29) (aged 23)
LaGrange, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school: Lassiter
College: Auburn
Undrafted: 2013
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Philip Lutzenkirchen (June 1, 1991 – June 29, 2014) was an American football tight end, who played at Auburn University, finishing his career as the school's all-time leading receiver in touchdowns among tight ends.

College career

Lutzenkirchen was a standout tight end at Auburn. He was a starter for the 2010 championship team. His senior season ended prematurely due to a hip injury. He ended his career with 59 receptions, 628 yards, and 14 touchdowns, which are the most in school history by a tight end.[1][2]

Statistics

Year Team GP Receiving Fumbles
Rec Yds Avg TD Fum Lost
2009 Auburn 13 5 66 13.2 2 0 0
2010 Auburn 13 15 185 12.3 5 0 0
2011 Auburn 12 24 238 9.9 7 0 0
2012 Auburn 6 15 139 9.3 0 0 0
Career 44 59 628 10.6 14 0 0

Death

Philip Lutzenkirchen and baseball player Joseph Ian Davis, the driver of the vehicle, were involved in a single-vehicle accident that resulted in their deaths on June 26, 2014 around 3 a.m. They both died at the scene while the two other passengers were just injured. Lutzenkirchen, who was in the back seat, registered a blood alcohol level of 0.377 while Davis registered a 0.17 (the legal limit in Georgia is 0.08) which made them both legally drunk. Lutzenkirchen was ejected as a result of not wearing a seat belt.[3]

Lutzie 43 Foundation

In the aftermath of Lutzenkirchen's death, his family set up a foundation, the Lutzie 43 Foundation.[4] The Foundation offers a "43 Lessons to Legacy" character-building curriculum. Students who complete the program are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

References

  1. ^ "Former Auburn standout Philip Lutzenkirchen dies in car accident". Usatoday.com. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Philip Lutzenkirchen College Stats - College Football at Sports-Reference.com". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Philip Lutzenkirchen and driver were legally drunk in deadly crash, according to toxicology report". Al.com. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Lutzie 43 Foundation". Lutzie 43 Foundation. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
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