Former Kentucky star and NFL quarterback Jared Lorenzen, who had been hospitalized since Friday, has passed away. He was 38.
Lorenzen was admitted to the hospital last week after reportedly not feeling well for some time. He was admitted to ICU, where he battled an infection as well as heart and kidney issues.
As of yesterday, the most recent update from Lorenzen’s family said he was “developing some traction” but cautioned that he still was dealing with renal and cardiac issues and was “very sick.”
ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap shared a heartbreaking text message Lorenzen’s mother sent to his colleague Russ Dinallo.
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
Moments ago, Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones tweeted out a lengthier statement from the Lorenzen family.
Here is a statement from the family of Jared Lorenzen pic.twitter.com/vTJn2gdNU5
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) July 3, 2019
Lorenzen was a star and a cult hero at Kentucky in the early 2000s. He set the school passing yards record during his time in Lexington and led the Wildcats to a 7-5 record in 2002.
Lorenzen went undrafted in 2004 but latched on with the New York Giants as a backup. He stayed with the organization for four years, winning a Super Bowl as Eli Manning’s understudy in 2007.
After leaving the NFL, Lorenzen played in multiple indoor football leagues, including af2 and the Continental Indoor Football League.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Lorenzen’s family and friends. May he rest in peace.