The Kentucky-Louisville rivalry is one of the most heated in all of college sports. Of course, some things are much bigger than the hate people have for their rivals.
After his tragic passing last week, former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen’s family and the greater Wildcat community have received a tremendous outpouring of support. That includes those who wear red and black, and typically cheer against UK at every chance.
Jamon Brown, a former Louisville offensive lineman who just signed a pretty lucrative deal with the Atlanta Falcons, is taking things a step further. Through his foundation, he’s making a contribution to help pay for Lorenzen’s funeral costs.
In an interview with Forbes, Jamon Brown, a Kentucky native like Jared Lorenzen, explained the impact the former Wildcat great had on their home state.
Brown is contributing $5,000 to help cover costs of the funeral, which will take place tomorrow.
“I guess you can say he was a legend and in the state of Kentucky, and for me, it’s important to pay respect to those who came before me, whether they played for the University of Kentucky or Louisville,” Brown said in a telephone interview.
“We wanted to be an example of how, no matter if you played for the blue or the red, how important it is for us to come together and support one another, both in and out of sports,” Brown said.
“The rivalry between the schools is intense, and it’s great, but at the end of the day, all that doesn’t matter. What matters is that you remember that we’re all in this game of life together, whether you played for the blue or the red.”
He’s not alone, either. Two other former Louisville stars, Deion Branch and Chris Redman, are also making contributions, according to the piece.
A celebration of life will be held in Lorenzen’s honor tomorrow, from 2-6 p.m. local time at St. Pius X Church in Edgewood, Kentucky.