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Friends of Philip Lutzenkirchen talk about his lasting legacy

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AUBURN, AL (WSFA) -

More than 24 hours after word was released, the Auburn family continues to mourn the sudden and tragic death of former auburn player Philip Lutzenkirchen.

Lutzenkirchen died, along with Georgia Baseball player Joseph Ian Davis, in a car accident in Troup County, Georgia early Sunday morning.

WSFA 12 News spoke to friends of Lutzenkirchen on Monday to get their take on his lasting legacy.

Lutzenkirchen's magnetic personality and accessibility made him a fan favorite unlike anything Auburn blogger Jason Caldwell has ever seen.

"You don't find tight ends that become this larger than life figure unless you are doing something right off the field," Caldwell said. "He had his chances and he made some big plays, but it was more about his interaction with the average fan."

Off the field, friends and teammates praised his humor and loyalty. It was a staggering loss for those who knew him well.

Auburn athletic spokesperson Kirk Sampson remembers Lutzenkirchen as a standup guy with a perspective on life, well beyond his years.

"Football was very important to him, but that wasn't the most important thing to him," Sampson said. "He was a very spiritual guy who loved his family and loved his friends."

The airwaves and Internet were saturated on Monday with memories of what many define as a true Auburn man.

"He was so infectious," said Saint James football coach Jimmy Perry. "I mean he infected the whole staff and the players. He was just a wonderful young man."

A memorial service for Lutzenkirchen is set for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Ga. A public visitation and funeral Mass will start Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta.

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