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Jared Lorenzen
Lorenzen at 2007 Giants training camp
No. 22, 13, 8     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-02-14)February 14, 1981
Place of birth: Covington, Kentucky
Date of death: July 3, 2019(2019-07-03) (aged 38)
Place of death: Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Career information
College: Kentucky
Undrafted in 2004
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New York Giants ( 2004 2007)
 As administrator:
* Ultimate Indoor Football League (Commissioner) (2012)
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (XLII)
  • Kentucky Mr. Football (1998)
  • Second Team All-SEC (2002)
  • First Team All-UIFL (2011)
  • UIFL MVP (2011)
TDINT     0–0
Passing yards     28
Passer rating     58.3
Stats at

Jared Raymond Lorenzen (February 14, 1981 – July 3, 2019) was an American football quarterback and administrator. Following a successful college football career at Kentucky, he played in the National Football League (NFL) for four seasons with New York Giants. At 285 lb (129 kg), Lorenzen was one of the heaviest quarterbacks to play in the NFL. He was nicknamed Hefty Lefty because of his weight and being left-handed.[1]

Lorenzen saw little playing time during his NFL career and primarily served as a backup, although he was part of the Giants' Super Bowl-winning team in 2008. After a preseason stint with the Indianapolis Colts, Lorenzen played indoor football for the AF2, Ultimate Indoor Football League (UIFL), and Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL). He also served as the commissioner of the UIFL in 2011.[2]

Early years

Lorenzen attended Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In basketball, he was a three-year letterman and helped lead his team to Kentucky Sweet 16 appearances.[3] As a junior, he passed for a Northern Kentucky-record 2,759 yards and 37 touchdowns in 13 games.[4] As a senior in 1998, he completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,393 yards, 45 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 904 yards (8.4 average per carry) and 15 TDs in leading Highlands to a 15–0 season[5] and No.19 national ranking as a senior, earning him the Mr. Football Award.[6] Five games into his senior season, Lorenzen committed to the University of Kentucky.[4]

College career

When Lorenzen arrived at the University of Kentucky, he redshirted as a true freshman. As a redshirt freshman, he was named the team's starting quarterback by Wildcats head coach Hal Mumme ahead of returning starter Dusty Bonner.[7] The move caused Bonner to transfer.[8] Lorenzen's career at Kentucky was marked by two head coaching changes; Mumme departed as an investigation into NCAA rules violations brought down his staff and resulted in the program being placed on probation with scholarship limitations. After Lorenzen helped lead the team to a 7–5 record in 2002, head coach Guy Morriss left to become the head coach at Baylor University and was replaced by Rich Brooks, who designed plays in which Lorenzen lined up as a receiver while Shane Boyd played quarterback. Despite all the turmoil, Lorenzen set school records in total offense, passing yards, and passing touchdowns, eclipsing many marks set by 1999 NFL No. 1 overall draft pick Tim Couch.[9]



Passing Rushing Receiving
Season Team GS GP Rating Att Comp Pct Yds TD INT Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD
2000 Kentucky 11 11 116.5 559 321 57.4 3,687 19 21 76 140 5 0 0 0
2001 Kentucky 6 8 136.6 292 167 57.2 2,179 19 7 54 119 2 1 -13 0
2002 Kentucky 12 12 135.4 327 183 56.0 2,267 24 5 60 -51 0 0 0 0
2003 Kentucky 12 12 123.3 336 191 56.8 2,221 16 8 89 75 5 1 -11 0
Totals 41 43 126.0 1,514 862 56.9 10,354 78 41 279 283 12 2 -24 0

Numbers in bold are Kentucky records.

Professional career

New York Giants

Lorenzen was not selected in the 2004 NFL Draft and signed as undrafted free agent with the New York Giants.[11] He declined an offer by coach Tom Coughlin to play in NFL Europe in 2005.[12] Lorenzen was the third string quarterback for 2004 and 2005 for the Giants, behind starter Eli Manning and backup Tim Hasselbeck.[13]

In the 2006 preseason, Lorenzen led his team to victory by engineering a game-winning drive against the Baltimore Ravens.[13] Following that performance and an impressive training camp he was officially named the Giants' backup quarterback three weeks later.[14]

Lorenzen made his first appearance on the field in a Giants uniform on December 30, 2006. During this game, he was used for one play, a quarterback sneak to make a first down on a third-and-one.[15]

Lorenzen made his second appearance on Sunday, January 7, 2007, in the Giants' wild card loss against the Philadelphia Eagles. On the Giants' opening drive, he lined up at quarterback on a third-and-one and got the first down, "shifting the pile" in the process, on the way to a Giants touchdown.[16]

Lorenzen's first significant regular season appearance occurred on September 9, 2007, when he took over for the injured Manning in the fourth quarter of the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.[17] Lorenzen made both his first regular season pass and rush, but failed to earn a first down. He played again the following week, against the Green Bay Packers, completing three passes from five attempts, for a total gain of 21 yards.[18] This proved to be his final appearance in the NFL, as Manning's injury did not cost him any further playing time and Lorenzen did not see further action in the 2007 season.[18][19] He continued to serve as Manning's backup for the remainder of the season, which concluded with the Giants winning Super Bowl XLII against the then-undefeated New England Patriots and Lorenzen earning a championship ring.

After the team's Super Bowl win, Lorenzen was released by the Giants on June 23, 2008.[20]

Indianapolis Colts

On July 24, 2008, Lorenzen was signed by the Indianapolis Colts.[21] He played during the preseason,[19] but was waived during the final cuts for the 53-man roster.[22]

Kentucky Horsemen

On February 10, 2009, Lorenzen was assigned to the Kentucky Horsemen of the AF2 league.[23] The team went bankrupt and was dissolved in October 2009.[24]


After the Horsemen folded, Lorenzen retired as a player. On March 23, 2010, he was hired as the quarterbacks coach at his alma mater, Highlands High School, in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.[25]

Northern Kentucky River Monsters

In 2011, Lorenzen returned to professional football, this time working as the general manager of the Northern Kentucky River Monsters of the Ultimate Indoor Football League.[26] Still wanting to compete on the field, Lorenzen resigned as GM to become the team's starting quarterback.[27] Lorenzen had a highly successful season, winning the league's MVP award.[28]

After gaining some positive press for his return to football, Lorenzen was named commissioner of the league after the 2011 season.[2]

Owensboro Rage

Still wanting to play, Lorenzen quit the UIFL's top job and signed with the Owensboro Rage of the Continental Indoor Football League partway through the 2013 season.[29] The Rage folded two weeks prior to the end of the season due to lack of funds.[30]

Return to the River Monsters

Lorenzen returned to the River Monsters, by this point a member of the Continental Indoor Football League, on December 17, 2013.[31] In Lorenzen's first game of the season, Lorenzen showed that he still had plenty of skill, side-stepping defenders. Lorenzen's play was filmed and the videos ended up all over the internet, overshadowing the River Monsters' 36–20 victory of the Bluegrass Warhorses.[32] The following week, however, Lorenzen broke his tibia in a 42–30 loss to the Erie Explosion, ending his pro playing career.[33][34]

Post-football career

Lorenzen was a guest host of the Lexington-based radio show Kentucky Sports Radio, mainly during UK football season. In 2015, he started a T-shirt company, ThrowboyTees.[35]

On July 28, 2017, Lorenzen launched "The Jared Lorenzen Project", where he chronicled online his attempts at battling his obesity, weighing over 500 pounds (230 kg).[36][37] By April 2018, Lorenzen had lost over 100 pounds (45 kg).[38] His story was documented by ESPN in July 2018.[39]


Lorenzen died on July 3, 2019, at age 38,[40] from an acute infection, complicated by heart and kidney problems.[41]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Reigning UIFL MVP Lorenzen named Commissioner". Ultimate Indoor Football League. Archived from the original on November 19, 2011.
  3. "Highlands' Smith 1st-team all-state". The Cincinnati Enquirer. March 9, 1999. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Neil Schmidt (October 1, 1998). "Highlands QB commits to UK". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  5. "Finalist named for Mr. Football". Daily News. December 13, 1998.,1933646. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  6. Neil Schmidt (December 23, 1998). "Lorenzen is Mr. Football". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  7. Greg Dewalt (July 29, 2000). "New Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen is... Large and in Charge". Times Daily.,3783885. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  8. Jack Thompson (June 11, 2000). "Qb Bonner Leaves Kentucky". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  9. Michael Conroy (February 21, 2004). "Lorenzen hopes to make it big in NFL". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  10. "Jared Lorenzen Stats". USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
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  12. Branch, John (August 3, 2006). "Lorenzen Tries to Adapt to His Giants Family". Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  13. 13.0 13.1 John Branch (August 27, 2006). "Lorenzen Sets Sights on Backup Role". New York Times.
  14. Tommy Tomlinson (August 21, 2014). "Ex-NFL QB Jared Lorenzen's lifelong battle with weight". ESPN.
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  16. "Giants vs. Eagles - Game Recap - January 7, 2007 - ESPN". Retrieved April 27, 2018.
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  18. 18.0 18.1 "Jared Lorenzen - Game Logs - 2007". NFL.
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  20. "Unknown". Archived from the original on June 28, 2008.
  21. "Lorenzen signs with Colts". Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  22. "Jared Lorenzen, QB, Free Agent". Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  23. "Former NFL QB and Kentucky star Jared Lorenzen joins Horsemen; QB Justin Rascati also assigned to team". af2. February 10, 2009. Archived from the original on February 17, 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2009.
  24. "Horsemen forced to fold". Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  25. "Jared Lorenzen New QB Coach at Highlands".
  26. Rick Chandler (May 18, 2011). "Former Giants QB Jared Lorenzen still wingin' it, living large". NBC Sports. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
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  28. "Unknown". Ultimate Indoor Football League. Archived from the original on February 19, 2015.
  29. Sean Edmondson (March 22, 2013). "Owensboro Rage signs former UK QB Jared Lorenzen". WorldNow and WFIE. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  30. "CIFL Suspends Owensboro Rage Operations". OurSports Central. April 19, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  31. "Super Bowl Champion Returns to River Monsters to "Finish What We Started"". OurSports Central. December 18, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  32. Paul Dehner Jr. (February 9, 2014). "Jared Lorenzen's CIFL opening performance goes viral". Gannett. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  33. "Explosion knock off Northern Kentucky, knock out Lorenzen". Erie Times-News. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  34. Jonathan Lintner (February 10, 2014). "Jared Lorenzen breaks leg in Sunday's Northern Kentucky River Monsters game". Gannett. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  35. "Guess who started a t-shirt company. Jared Lorenzen, that's who.".
  36. Sacks, Ethan, Now 500 pounds, former Giants QB Jared Lorenzen goes to battle against obesity, The Today Show, August 10, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  37. "After weighing in at 500-plus pounds, Jared Lorenzen launches project to get healthy (Video)" (in en-US).
  38. "How Jared Lorenzen lost 100 pounds in a year". Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  39. ESPN (July 19, 2018), Jared Lorenzen, a once in a generation athlete, now faces a battle for his life, E:60, ESPN,, retrieved July 24, 2018
  40. Former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen dies at 38
  41. Former UK QB Jared Lorenzen hospitalized

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Preceded by
Dennis Johnson
Kentucky Mr. Football
Succeeded by
Travis Atwell