Auburn Fans Roll Toomer’s Corner To Honor Philip Lutzenkirchen (Photos)


Toomer’s Corner is typically the celebration hub at Auburn University after football victories, but on Sunday evening, the famed spot turned into a special and somber tribute for Phil Lutzenkirchen.

The 23-year-old former tight end, who was a starter on the Tigers’ 2010 national championship team, died early Sunday morning in a single-car accident. As the tragic news spread, the Auburn community came together on Sunday afternoon to mourn the loss of one of their own, according to the Opelika-Auburn News.

More than 100 Auburn residents gathered at 4:30 p.m. — in honor of Lutzenkirchen’s No. 43 jersey — to take part in the school’s iconic tradition of rolling the trees. While the trees are typically covered to represent a win on the gridiron, this time the ritual was done as a touching tribute in Lutzenhirchen’s memory.



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