Lorenzen at 2007 Giants training camp
|No. 22, 13, 8|
|Born:||February 14, 1981|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||285 lb (129 kg)|
|High school:||Fort Thomas (KY) Highlands|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Jared Raymond Lorenzen (born February 14, 1981) is a former American football quarterback and former commissioner of the Ultimate Indoor Football League. He played college football at Kentucky and was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2004.
- 1 Early years
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Post-football career
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Lorenzen attended Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In basketball, he was a three-year letterman and helped lead his team to Kentucky Sweet 16 appearances. As a junior, he passed for a Northern Kentucky-record 2,759 yards and 37 touchdowns in 13 games. As a senior in 1998, he completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,393 yards, 45 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 904 yards (8.4 average per carry) and 15 TDs in leading Highlands to a 15–0 season and No.19 national ranking as a senior, earning him the Mr. Football Award. Five games into his senior season, Lorenzen committed to the University of Kentucky.
When Lorenzen arrived at Kentucky, he redshirted as a true freshman. As a redshirt freshman, he was named the team's starting quarterback by head coach Hal Mumme ahead of returning starter Dusty Bonner. The move caused Bonner to transfer. Lorenzen's career at Kentucky was marked by two head coaching changes; Mumme departed as an investigation into NCAA rules violations brought down his staff and resulted in the program being placed on probation with scholarship limitations. After Lorenzen helped lead the team to a 7–5 record in 2002, head coach Guy Morriss left to become the head coach at Baylor University and was replaced by Rich Brooks, who designed plays in which Lorenzen lined up as a receiver while Shane Boyd played quarterback. Despite all the turmoil, Lorenzen set school records in total offense, passing yards, and passing touchdowns, eclipsing many marks set by 1999 NFL No. 1 overall draft pick Tim Couch.
Numbers in bold are Kentucky records.
New York Giants
Lorenzen was not selected in the 2004 NFL Draft and signed as undrafted free agent with the New York Giants. He declined an offer by coach Tom Coughlin to play NFL Europe in 2005. Lorenzen was the third string quarterback for 2004 and 2005 for the Giants.
In the 2006 preseason, Lorenzen led his team to victory by engineering a game-winning drive against the Baltimore Ravens. Following that performance and an impressive training camp he was officially named the Giants backup quarterback three weeks later.
Lorenzen made his second appearance on Sunday, January 7, 2007, in the Giants wild card loss against the Philadelphia Eagles. On the Giants opening drive, he lined up at quarterback on a third-and-one and got the first down, "shifting the pile" in the process, on the way to a Giants touchdown. He also entered the game in the third quarter, but the Giants called a timeout and Manning took over at quarterback.
Lorenzen's first significant regular season appearance occurred on September 9, 2007, when he took over for the injured Manning in the fourth quarter of the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys. Lorenzen made both his first regular season pass and rush, but failed to earn a first down. He did not see further action in the 2007 season as Manning's injury did not cost him any further playing time.
Lorenzen was released by the Giants on June 23, 2008.
Northern Kentucky River Monsters
In 2011, Lorenzen went back to pro football, this time as working as the general manager of the Northern Kentucky River Monsters of the Ultimate Indoor Football League. Still wanting to compete, Lorenzen resigned as GM to become the team's starting quarterback. Lorenzen had a highly successful season, winning the league's MVP award.
After gaining some positive press for his return to football, Lorenzen was named commissioner of the league after the 2011 season.
Still wanting to play, Lorenzen quit the UIFL's top job and signed with the Owensboro Rage of the Continental Indoor Football League partway through the 2013 season. The Rage folded two weeks prior to the end of the season due to financial distress.
Return to the River Monsters
Lorenzen returned to the River Monsters, by this point a member of the Continental Indoor Football League, on December 17, 2013. In Lorenzen's first game of the season, Lorenzen showed that he still had plenty of skill, side-stepping defenders. Lorenzen's play was filmed and the videos ended up all over the internet, overshadowing the River Monsters' 36–20 victory of the Bluegrass Warhorses. The following week, however, Lorenzen broke his tibia in a 42–30 loss to the Erie Explosion, ending his season (and, to date, his pro playing career).
Currently, Lorenzen is a guest host of the Lexington-based radio show Kentucky Sports Radio, mainly during UK Football season. In 2015, he also started his own T-shirt company known as ThrowboyTees.
On July 28, 2017, Lorenzen launched "The Jared Lorenzen Project", where he will chronicle online his attempts at battling his obesity, now weighing over 500 lbs. By April 2018, Lorenzen had lost over 100 pounds. His story was documented by ESPN in July 2018.
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- "Highlands' Smith 1st-team all-state". www.enquirer.com. The Cincinnati Enquirer. 9 March 1999. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- Neil Schmidt (1 October 1998). "Highlands QB commits to UK". www.enquirer.com. The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- "Finalist named for Mr. Football". Daily News. December 13, 1998. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- Neil Schmidt (December 23, 1998). "Lorenzen is Mr. Football". www.enquirer.com. The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- Greg Dewalt (July 29, 2000). "New Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen is... Large and in Charge". Times Daily. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- Jack Thompson (June 11, 2000). "Qb Bonner Leaves Kentucky". www.chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- Michael Conroy (February 21, 2004). "Lorenzen hopes to make it big in NFL". www.lubbockonline.com. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- "Jared Lorenzen Stats". www.sports-reference.com. USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- "Giants sign Kentucky QB Jared Lorenzen". www.espn.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. April 27, 2004. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- Branch, John (3 August 2006). "Lorenzen Tries to Adapt to His Giants Family". Retrieved 27 April 2018 – via NYTimes.com.
- "Giants vs. Redskins - Game Recap - December 30, 2006 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- "Giants vs. Eagles - Game Recap - January 7, 2007 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- Ralph Vacchiano (September 16, 2007). "Giants' QB Jared Lorenzen waiting for chance to start". www.nydailynews.com. NYDailyNews.com. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- "Unknown". Archived from the original on June 28, 2008.
- "Lorenzen signs with Colts". Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- "Jared Lorenzen, QB, Free Agent". Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- "Former NFL QB and Kentucky star Jared Lorenzen joins Horsemen; QB Justin Rascati also assigned to team". af2.com. af2. February 10, 2009. Archived from the original on February 17, 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2009.
- "Horsemen forced to fold". Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- "Jared Lorenzen New QB Coach at Highlands".
- Rick Chandler (May 18, 2011). "Former Giants QB Jared Lorenzen still wingin' it, living large". www.nbcsports.com. NBC Sports. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- "Jared Lorenzen Returning To Football". lex18.com. LEX18. February 24, 2011. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
- "Unknown". www.theuifl.com. Ultimate Indoor Football League. Archived from the original on February 19, 2015.
- Sean Edmondson (March 22, 2013). "Owensboro Rage signs former UK QB Jared Lorenzen". www.14news.com. WorldNow and WFIE. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- "Super Bowl Champion Returns to River Monsters to "Finish What We Started"". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. December 18, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- Paul Dehner Jr. (February 9, 2014). "Jared Lorenzen's CIFL opening performance goes viral". www.cincinnati.com. Gannett. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
- "Explosion knock off Northern Kentucky, knock out Lorenzen". www.goerie.com. Erie Times-News. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
- Jonathan Lintner (February 10, 2014). "Jared Lorenzen breaks leg in Sunday's Northern Kentucky River Monsters game". www.courier-journal.com. Gannett. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
- "Guess who started a t-shirt company. Jared Lorenzen, that's who".
- Sacks, Ethan, Now 500 pounds, former Giants QB Jared Lorenzen goes to battle against obesity, The Today Show, 10 August 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
- "After weighing in at 500-plus pounds, Jared Lorenzen launches project to get healthy (Video)". Retrieved 2017-08-02.
- "How Jared Lorenzen lost 100 pounds in a year". Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- ESPN (2018-07-19), Jared Lorenzen, a once in a generation athlete, now faces a battle for his life, E:60, ESPN, retrieved 2018-07-24
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