Former Kentucky QB Jared Lorenzen dies at 38 after battling multiple health issues


UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 28: Coll, Football: Kentucky QB Jared Lorenzen (22) in action vs Florida, Gainesville, FL 9/28/2002 (Photo by Bob Rosato/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images) (SetNumber: X66872)

Former Kentucky and NFL quarterback Jared Lorenzen died Wednesday after a battle with cardiac and renal issues, his family confirmed to ESPN. He was 38.

Lorenzen, who battled weight issues both during and after his playing career, was hospitalized last week.

LEXINGTON,KY – SEPTEMBER 27: Jared Lorenzen #22 of Kentucky runs with the ball while defended by Daryl Dixon #34 of Florida on September 27, 2003 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. Florida won 24-21. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

“It is with heavy hearts that the family of Jared Lorenzen would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for all of your support and prayers over the past 6 days,” Lorenzen’s mother, Janet Hermes, said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Jared today, July 3, 2019. Again, we appreciate all of the warm wishes and prayers, but as a family, we would request your respect and privacy at this time. We will offer arrangement information in the coming days. Please keep Jared’s family and especially his children, in your thoughts and prayers.”
Lorenzen became a star at Kentucky because of his record-setting passing accomplishments and his size.

Nicknamed the “Hefty Lefty” and weighing over 300 pounds, Lorenzen became Kentucky’s all-time leader in passing yards (10,354), completions (862) and total offense (10,637 yards).

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