AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Since his son died nine months ago, Mike Lutzenkirchen's faith has grown stronger due to the signs from above he sees almost every day.
"My wife and I were driving on 285 up in Atlanta in heavy traffic, and almost got hit by a tractor trailer. I was able to glance over quick enough to see he's coming in my lane and we got straightened out," he said. "Nothing happened. On the side of that trailer was number 43. There's so many little things and signs of that 43."
Mike Lutzenkirchen came to Auburn University on Wednesday to share "Lessons from Lutz."
His speech took place just across the street from Jordan-Hare Stadium where his son become a record breaking tight end for the Auburn tigers.
Philip Lutzenkirchen was killed in a car accident in June, 2014. Lutz, as he was known by friends, family, and fans, was a member of Auburn's national championship team in 2010 wearing number 43. He and the driver of the vehicle were both intoxicated and not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.
"My son was a 23-year-old man, mature beyond his age because of Auburn University, representing this brand, getting in front of the media, going to media days twice," he said. "Philip made the choice to do what he did that day. Philip made the choice to get in that vehicle. So it was a grown man making that decision. I just don't want to see other kids make it."
Mike Lutzenkirchen says his son swore by the Auburn creed like, thousands of other students, and he feels not enough of them are living up to its principles.
"When you talk about mind, body and soul. Strong mind, strong body and doing obedient of law. There's a bar scene here that causes kids to make decisions to go too far," he said.