Lutz seemed like a good guy

Published 12:03am Thursday, July 3, 2014

When I heard the news that former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen died in a one-vehicle accident early Sunday morning, there was one thing that flashed across my mind — the 2013 Senior Bowl.

Lutzenkirchen wasn’t able to play on the South squad because of an injury and from my observance, it didn’t seem to bother him at all.

Prowling the sideline at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, I couldn’t help but notice that he was sitting alone on a bench with his arms out wide like he was relaxing without a care in the world.

With camera in hand, I quickly got a shot of Lutzenkirchen in this position because his last name printed on his jersey looked pretty cool as it stretched almost the length of his upper back.

I felt pretty good about getting the picture and went along my way to cover the rest of the game.

From the few stories I’ve read about Lutzenkirchen, it seems like he was a good guy with an infectious personality.

Just through general conversation with people, I heard that he was an assistant coach at St. James School in Montgomery.

At the time, I was glad and sad to hear that because it seemed like he was going to be able to lend his knowledge of the game he loves to high schoolers.

This is the same guy who once caught the game-winning touchdown catch from Cam Newton as the Tigers beat Alabama in the 2010 Iron Bowl.

Lutzenkirchen, then, was dancing that iconic dance like he didn’t have a care in the world like on that January afternoon as he sat and thought about his future.

I just hate that it had to end so short because the world lost not only a good player, but a good person.

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