Former Giants quarterback Jared Lorenzen died Wednesday at the age of 38, his family announced.
“It is with heavy hearts that the family of Jared Lorenzen would like to extend out sincere thanks and appreciation for all of your support and prayers over the past six days,” the family wrote in a statement. “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.”
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— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) July 3, 2019
Lorenzen was admitted to the hospital last Friday with heart and kidney issues, along with an infection, according to Pro Football Talk.
He was said to be “developing traction,” but that came before the family announced he died Wednesday.
“I lost my sweet boy today after a long hard fight,” his mother Janet wrote in a text to ESPN.
In a text to my colleague @RussDinallo, who produced our E:60 story on Jared Lorenzen, Lorenzen’s mother Janet confirmed that Jared died today. He was only 38. Janet said, “I lost my sweet boy today after a long hard fight.”
— Jeremy Schaap (@JeremySchaap) July 3, 2019
Lorenzen played two years for the Giants, appearing in four games off the bench while completing 50 percent of his passes for 28 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He was signed by the Colts in 2008 but was waived during the final cuts and never played in the NFL again.
He went undrafted out of Kentucky in 2004, but his career with the Wildcats was a very good one. He threw for more than 10,000 yards with 78 touchdowns and 41 interceptions and is 10th all time in the SEC with 90 total touchdowns.
Coming out of high school in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, Lorenzen lettered in three sports, football, basketball and baseball, and was named Kentucky’s Mr. Football as a senior.
After leaving the NFL in 2008, he went on to coach high school football and eventually to play in the now-defunct Ultimate Indoor Football League.
He was the league MVP in 2011 and was actually named the commissioner of the league in the same year.
Lorenzen went on to host a local radio show in Lexington, Kentucky and launched a t-shirt company called “Throwboy Tees.”
Lorenzen was well known for his battle with obesity and launched “The Jared Lorenzen Project” which documented his journey to lose weight after getting as heavy as 500 pounds. He would go on to lose more than 100. His story was featured on ESPN.
“In six weeks, I lost 70 pounds,” Lorenzen told For The Win in 2018.
“It turns out if you put your body through hell for about 15 years it doesn’t want to fight back. I still have these dreams I can do what I used to and it’s not necessarily true. I put my body through a little bit too much too fast and had to recover from it.”
The quarterback was affectionately known by his fans as the “Hefty Lefty.”
And, while he was known for his size, he was far from held back by it. As a high school senior he rushed for 904 yards (8.4 yards per carry) and had 283 rushing yards in college, as well.