Philip Lutzenkirchen is remembered as one of Auburn's best tight ends
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn will remember Philip Lutzenkirchen and David Langner with a moment of silence before Saturday's game against Arkansas, coach Gus Malzahn said Wednesday.
The two former football players whose careers included big plays in big wins over Alabama passed away since Auburn last honored its players. Auburn will remember them in a traditional way with the moment of silence that has become a fixture at the spring A-Day Game.
Malzahn, who coached Lutzenkirchen, also said he'll wear a special bracelet to remember his former player. "I'm sure there will be some players who will honor him in their own way," he said.
Lutzenkirchen caught what proved to be the game-winning touchdown in Auburn's dramatic 28-27 comeback win over Alabama in 2010 on the way to the BCS national title. Langner will be forever remembered for recovering two blocked punts that helped Auburn to its 17-16 "Punt, Bama, Punt" win in 1972.
Malzahn spoke at Lutzenkirchen's memorial at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Ga.
"He'll be remembered as one of the best players to ever put on an Auburn jersey," Malzahn said that night.
Lutzenkirchen has the school record for tight ends with 14 touchdown catches. His 59 catches and 628 receiving yards is second among Auburn tight ends. Lutzenkirchen, 23, died in a car accident on June 29 in LaGrange, Ga.
In '72, Langner recovered two punts that were blocked by Bill Newton for Auburn's only touchdowns against Alabama. Langner even intercepted a last-gasp Alabama pass to seal the game. Langner, 62, died after a battle with cancer on April 26 in Tuscaloosa.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine