Jared Lorenzen Bio
Jared Raymond Lorenzen was an American football quarterback and former commissioner of the Ultimate Indoor Football League. He played college football at Kentucky and was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2004.
Lorenzen earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in Super Bowl XLII as the backup quarterback behind Eli Manning when the team defeated the then-undefeated New England Patriots in 2007.
Listening to this interview from Jared Lorenzen in 2016 is heartbreaking. Please say a prayer for his family.
Jared Lorenzen Age
He was 38 years old.
Jared Lorenzen 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. As a junior, he passed for a Northern Kentucky-record 2,759 yards and 37 touchdowns in 13 games. 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 and No.19 national ranking as a senior, earning him the Mr. Football Award. Five games into his senior season, Lorenzen committed to the University of Kentucky.
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Jared Lorenzen College career
When Lorenzen arrived at Kentucky, he redshirted as a true freshman. As a redshirt freshman, he was named the team’s starting quarterback by head coach Hal Mumme ahead of returning starter Dusty Bonner. The move caused Bonner to transfer. 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.
Extremely saddened by the news of Jared Lorenzen’s passing today. A friend and former teammate that is gone way too soon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, especially his children. Jared was a great athlete but also a wonderful personality. Very sad day for KY.
— Neal Brown (@NealBrown_WVU) July 3, 2019
Jared Lorenzen Indianapolis Colts
On July 24, 2008, Lorenzen was signed by the Indianapolis Colts. He was waived during the final cuts for the 53-man roster.
Jared LorenzenKentucky Horsemen
On February 10, 2009, Lorenzen was assigned to the Kentucky Horsemen of af2. The team went bankrupt and was dissolved in October 2009.
Here is a statement from the family of Jared Lorenzen pic.twitter.com/vTJn2gdNU5
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) July 3, 2019
Jared Lorenzen Coaching
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.
Jared Lorenzen Northern Kentucky River Monsters
In 2011, Lorenzen went back to pro football, this time as working as the general manager of the Northern Kentucky River Monsters of the Ultimate Indoor Football League. Still wanting to compete, Lorenzen resigned as GM to become the team’s starting quarterback. Lorenzen had a highly successful season, winning the league’s MVP award.
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Jared Lorenzen UIFL Commissioner
After gaining some positive press for his return to football, Lorenzen was named commissioner of the league after the 2011 season.
Jared Lorenzen 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. The Rage folded two weeks prior to the end of the season due to financial distress.
Jared Lorenzen 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. 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. The following week, however, Lorenzen broke his tibia in a 42–30 loss to the Erie Explosion, ending his pro playing career.
Jared Lorenzen Post-football career
Until his death, Lorenzen was a guest host of the Lexington-based radio show Kentucky Sports Radio, mainly during UK Football season. In 2015, he also started his own T-shirt company known as ThrowboyTees.
On July 28, 2017, Lorenzen launched “The Jared Lorenzen Project”, where he chronicled online his attempts at battling his obesity, weighing over 500 lbs. By April 2018, Lorenzen had lost over 100 pounds. His story was documented by ESPN in July 2018.
Jared Lorenzen Cause of Death
Lorenzen died July 3, 2019 from complications of an acute infection, complicated by obesity-related heart and kidney problems. He has died at 38 after battling heart and kidney issues, his family confirmed.
jared lorenzen passed away today at 38. i wrote a few words on him, and the most bewildering athletic performance i’ve ever personally witnessed in my life https://t.co/lJkplubAQv
— Jon Bois (@jon_bois) July 3, 2019