The future of Auburn football is in good hands. At Auburn’s senior football camp over the weekend, three-star tight end commit Jalen Harris was in attendance, and he wore something familiar for Tigers tight ends: a No. 43 jersey, which used to be the late Philip Lutzenkirchen’s number.
— Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason) July 21, 2014
The story behind the jersey, according to 247 Sports, is that Harris — who met Lutzenkirchen five days before he passed away — saw the jersey at a sporting goods store and immediately asked his mom for the money to buy it. He bought it, has worn it a few times, and according to Harris, he’s trying to carry on Lutzenkirchen’s legacy, because “He was a great guy, a great person, a great athlete.”
According to Harris, who attended Lutzenkirchen’s memorial service near Atlanta, he has started to talk more and more with the Lutzenkirchen family since Philip’s death, including Lutzenkirchen’s three sisters.
“They said they’re coming to some of my games,” Harris said. “They said I’m like their new little brother.”
This is a really nice story, and while it will be hard to fill the huge shoes left by Lutzenkirchen both on and off the football field, Harris seems like he’s up for the challenge.