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Rather than try to tough it out and possibly ruin a future in pro football, Auburn senior leader and star tight end Phillip Lutzenkirchen opted for surgery so his teammates --- who he felt could do a better job than he could in light of the injury --- could play.

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Auburn star, team leader Lutzenkirchen reduced to cheerleader role after injury

The final season of Auburn star tight end and the unquestioned leader of the Tigers, Phillip Lutzenkirchen, wasn’t supposed to end like this.

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