It was a sad day for the Auburn Tigers last summer when they got the news of tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen’s unfortunate death in a car accident. It was also a hard pill to swallow for his high school, Lassiter High in Marietta, Georgia.
The Trojans will now be honoring the late tight end in the most special way possible.
Lassiter High School will be renaming their football field after Lutzenkirchen beginning with the upcoming football season. The football field will also be receiving a brand new turf field that Lutzenkirchen’s foundation will be picking up the tab on.
The new turf field at Frank Filmann stadium will be renamed Lutzie 43 Field.
Lutzenkirchen is still Auburn’s all-time leading touchdown scorer for tight ends. During his four seasons with the Tigers, Lutzenkirchen caught fifty-nine passes for 628 yards and fourteen touchdowns. His efforts helped the Tigers win the BCS National Championship over Oregon in 2010.
Although Lutzenkirchen may be gone and will never get to play a down with the St. Louis Rams, with whom he sighed a contract with in 2012, he will always be remembered in the hearts of many as one of the greatest football players to step foot into Jordan O’Hare Stadium.
Future Trojans will have the honor of playing on Lutzie 43 Field for years to come.
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