Days after the public first learned that he was battling a serious illness, beloved former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen tragically passed away on Wednesday. He was just 38 years old.
Lorenzen battled serious renal and cardiac issues, which placed him in intensive care up until his death. It was followed by an outpouring of love and support from Kentucky fans, and football fans as a whole, who fondly remember the “Hefty Lefty.”
Last fall, Kentucky football saw a serious resurgence, going 10-3 and upsetting Penn State in the Citrus Bowl, 27-24. It was UK’s first 10 win season since 1977.
Dual-threat quarterback Terry Wilson led the way for the ‘Cats in 2018. While there may be challengers, he’s the presumptive starter in 2019.
Terry Wilson took to Twitter to hint that he may wear Jared Lorenzen’s famous No. 22 for Kentucky’s season opener.
Kentucky opens the season on August 31 with Toledo.
Rock the deuce deuce for the first game ?
— Terry Wilson (@TerryTouchdown3) July 4, 2019
I’d imagine there will be some sort of tribute to Lorenzen during that first game. Having Wilson wear his number would be a cool addition for sure.
Lorenzen was a local hero, winning Kentucky Mr. Football as a high schooler, and moving up to the Wildcats, where he threw for 10,354 yards and 79 touchdowns in 41 games as starter.
He went on to a four-year NFL career with the New York Giants, serving as Eli Manning’s backup. He won a Super Bowl with the team in 2007.