September 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Auburn Tigers tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen (43) runs after a catch in the first half against the Clemson Tigers at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Why I was a Philip Lutzenkirchen fan

Philip Lutzenkirchen was a good football player, and an amazing person. Auburn is mourning the loss of one of the stars of it’s 2011 championship team today, but Philip Lutzenkirchen was so much more than just a football player.
 
Lutzenkirchen was killed in an automobile accident early this morning.

It appears as though the car he was riding in ran a stop sign and lost control. Lutzenkirchen and the driver passed away, while two other passengers were taken to a local hospital. As of right now, we don’t know if alcohol played a role in the accident.
 
It’s absolutely shocking to lose such a great talent at such a young age. I don’t just mean a football talent either, though Lutzenkirchen’s stats at Auburn are very impressive. Lutzenkirchen had 628 yards and 14 touchdowns, very impressive for a tight end.
 
As a dyed in the cloth Alabama fan however, no Auburn player has ever done enough on the field to really convince me to be a fan. So how did I end up becoming a Lutzenkirchen fan? How did Lutzenkirchen become the only Auburn football player I follow on Twitter?
 
The night of the NFL draft Philip Lutzenkirchen sent out these tweets in support of Michael Sam:


 
That is both a bold and brave stance for a public figure from Alabama to take. The South is not known for our ability to handle social change. We don’t move quickly and we certainly don’t take the lead on these issues. Lutzenkirchen knew there would be a backlash for his comments, he just didn’t care.
 
Lutzenkirchen took a stance that he thought was right, he spoke on it, he stood his ground. That’s the kind of athlete that will win my fandom every time.
 
Rest in peace Lutz, you will be missed by fans of your accomplishments on and off the field.
 
If you want to remember Lutz’s awesome on the field accomplishments all you have to do is rewatch Auburn vs. Oregon.
 

 
Do you have a favorite memory of Philip Lutzenkirchen? Let us know what it is in the comments below.

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