TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama soccer player Abby Lutzenkirchen had a unique bond with her older brother Philip that went beyond the athletic talents both shared. When Philip was tragically killed in a car accident last June, Abby chose to honor her late brother in a special way.
Philip, a four-year member of the Auburn football team and starting tight end on the Tigers’ 2010 national championship squad, wore No. 43 on the football field. Abby, a three-year starter on the Crimson Tide soccer team, chose No. 33. However, as a tribute to Philip, Abby switched her jersey to No. 43 prior to start of the 2014 season.
“Every time I see 43, whether it’s on the clock or on my price ticket or anything, I just think of him,” she said. “I think that playing with 43 on my back this year is a huge honor for me, and I think about him constantly – on the field, off the field. It’s given me a different perspective when I’m on the field.”
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