Three days after former Auburn football player Philip Lutzenkirchen died in an auto accident, his younger sister Abby published a letter remembering her brother. It's well written and so sad.
Back in May, Philip wrote an essay for SB Nation about Abby taking a soccer scholarship at Alabama, his university's biggest rival. (Go read that; it's touching and truly funny.) Abby's letter, which was published at AL.com, mentions that sibling rivalry and much, much more. An excerpt:
Philip was like the typical over-protective big brother, scaring every (and any) boy that I even attempted to bring around my family. But, what Philip never knew was that I always looked for someone with the same qualities as him, and I will always continue to do that throughout the next stage in my life. There was no one better than that big lug of a brother I had. We never had a dull moment together. When Philip was around, our family never stopped laughing and we always felt so loved because Philip made sure he went above and beyond for us. Philip would have made the perfect husband, dad, and uncle — and it pains my family that we will never get to experience the rest of our lives with one of our absolute favorite people. I am forever grateful for being born into this amazing family and by having someone as amazing as Philip to look up to.