Jared Lorenzen's NFL career was a short but memorable one, which sadly proved emblematic of his life.
Lorenzen died this past Wednesday at just 38 years of age.
"It is with heavy hearts that the family of Jared Lorenzen would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for all your support and prayers over the past 6 days. We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Jared today, July 3, 2019," his family said in a statement. "Again, we appreciate all of the warm wishes and prayers, but as a family, we would request your respect and privacy. We will offer arrangement information in the coming days. Please keep Jared's family and especially his children, in your thoughts and prayers."
This news came just one week after a statement from the family on June 28 saying Lorenzen was admitted to the intensive care unit, due to an infection, as well as kidney and heart issues.
Listed at 6-foot-4, 285 pounds during his playing days, "The Hefty Lefty" put together a standout four-year career at Kentucky. He signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2004 and logged playing time in the 2006 and 2007 seasons, earning a Super Bowl ring in the latter.
"Jared was a special person, and a beloved Giant," the team said in a statement. "He was an important member of our 2007 team, one that created its own destiny. Our thoughts are with Jared's family and friends who loved and appreciated him so much. Just as our organization and our fans did."
Lorenzen backed up Eli Manning, who was formerly an SEC rival at Ole Miss, during New York's memorable run to a Super Bowl XLII triumph, where the Giants upset the New England Patriots, 17-14.
In June of 2008, Lorenzen was released by the Giants and eventually signed by the Indianapolis Colts, but was waived during final cuts.
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