Former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen passed away this afternoon at just 38 years old. The ‘hefty lefty’ played for the Wildcats from 2000-2003.
We lost a great one too soon today. Our hearts are with the Lorenzen family.— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) July 3, 2019
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Lorenzen’s family confirmed his passing today with this statement through Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio.
Here is a statement from the family of Jared Lorenzen pic.twitter.com/vTJn2gdNU5— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) July 3, 2019
“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 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.”
Lorenzen was admitted to the hospital last week, battling an infection.
At Kentucky, Lorenzen remains the school leader in career passing yards with 10,354. After four seasons as a Wildcat, he moved on to the NFL. He was Eli Manning’s backup quarterback in 2006 and 2007 with the Giants.
Known for his odd No. 22 jersey and rare athleticism for his size, Lorenzen will always be remembered as an SEC legend — no matter what team you’re a fan of.