Former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen dies at 38

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Former Kentucky star and National Football League quarterback Jared Lorenzen, who had been hospitalized since Friday, has passed away.

Lorenzen was hospitalized with an infection on June 29 after not feeling well for weeks.

Lorenzen also played with the NFL's New York Giants and earned a Super Bowl ring in 2007 as Eli Manning's backup quarterback before spending time with various other professional teams like the Kentucky Horsemen, the Northern Kentucky River Monsters, and the Owensboro Rage. His cardiac and renal issues remain however his treatment has been effective.

ESPN's Jeremy Schaap shared a heartbreaking text message Lorenzen's mother sent to his colleague Russ Dinallo. Lorenzen was placed in ICU and as he battled the infection along with kidney and heart issues. Janet said, "I lost my sweet boy today after a long hard fight".

Originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2004 out of Kentucky, Lorenzen spent four seasons in NY.

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Moments ago, Kentucky Sports Radio's Matt Jones tweeted out a lengthier statement from the Lorenzen family.

After leaving the NFL, Lorenzen played a number of seasons in various indoor leagues.

Lorenzen was a star and a cult hero at Kentucky in the early 2000s. "Please keep Jared's family and especially his children, in your thoughts and prayers".

Lorenzen still holds University of Kentucky records for career passing yards (10,354), single-game passing yards (528), and ranks second in program history in career passing touchdowns (78). May he rest in peace.

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