Morning Links for June 30: Honoring Philip Lutzenkirchen


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The college football community at large mourns former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, who died Sunday in an automobile accident.

Thousands retweeted and favorited one of Lutzenkirchen’s final tweets:

Columnists and bloggers shared tributes of the Auburn tight end.

Philip Lutzenkirchen danced like no one was watching, Kevin Scarbinksy,

Scarbinsky reminisces about the tight end’s touchdown catch of a Cam Newton pass in the 2010 Iron Bowl to sink rival Alabama, and keep the Tigers’ title hopes in tact. The celebration that ensued became a metaphor for Lutzenkirchen’s personality.

A legacy of kindness and compassion, Bruce Feldman,

Acts of kindness off the field included his public demonstration of support for former Missouri linebacker Michael Sam after the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year was drafted by the St. Louis Rams. A loud outcry came from those opposing ESPN’s decision to broadcast Sam kissing and embracing his boyfiend; Lutzenkirchen stood up for Sam.

Lutzenkirchen was one of Auburn’s best, Ken Bradley, Sporting News

All accounts say Lutzenkirchen was a great person. Of course, he made his name as a great football player. Sporting News recounts some of his legendary feats on the football field.

Philip Lutzenkirchen’s work for SB Nation

As adept a writer as he was a tight end, Lutzenkirchen wrote three outstanding columns for SB Nation:

Recounting his NFL draft day experience

Thoughts on summer

The Iron Bowl rivalry through the lens of family