By LARRY VAUGHT
Former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen passed away a few hours ago just six days after he was hospitalized with heart and kidney issues.
Lorenzen’s family issued a statement through Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones announcing his passing.
“It is with heavy hearts that the family of Jared Lorenzen would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for all of your support and prayers over the the past 6 days. We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Jared today, July 3, 2019. Again, we appreciate all of the warm wishes and prayers, but as a family we would request your respect and privacy. We will offer arrangement information in the coming days. Please keep Jared’s family and especially his children in your thoughts and prayers.”
Lorezen was only 38 years old but had battled a massive weight problem basically his entire life. He got the nickname “Hefty Lefty” as UK playing for Hal Mumme, Guy Morriss and Rich Brooks.
He was a high school sports phenom at Highlands were he starred in football, basketball and baseball. He threw for over 6,000 yards and 82 touchdowns his final two season and almost rushed for 1,000 yards and 15 scores as a senior when Highlands went 15-0 to earn Mr. Football honors.
At Kentucky he redshirted his freshman year but threw for 10,354 yards and 78 touchdowns from 2000-2003. He also ran for 12 scores during his 41 starts.
He played three years in the NFL with the New York Giants and was on the 2007 team that won the Super Bowl by knocking off previously unbeaten New England.