Former Kentucky and NFL quarterback Jared Lorenzen passed away on Wednesday at the age of 38.
Known as the heft lefty, the 300-plus pound quarterback struggled with weight issues during and after his playing career. He has been dealing with cardiac and renal issues.
“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 set Kentucky records for yards (10,354), completions (862) and total offense (10,637 yards) and was elected to the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.