LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen has died. He was 38.
The news was confirmed Wednesday in a statement from Lorenzen's family, which was tweeted by Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio.
Here is a statement from the family of Jared Lorenzen pic.twitter.com/vTJn2gdNU5— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) July 3, 2019
"We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Jared today, July 3, 2019," the statement said. "Again, we appreciate all of the warm wishes and prayers, but as a family, we would request your respect and privacy."
ESPN's Jeremy Schaap also confirmed the news with a tweet. Schaap said Lorenzen's mother shared the news of her son's death with Russell Dinallo, who produced an E:60 story on Lorenzen in 2018.
In a text to my colleague @RussDinallo, who produced our E:60 story on Jared Lorenzen, Lorenzen's mother Janet confirmed that Jared died today. He was only 38. Janet said, "I lost my sweet boy today after a long hard fight."— Jeremy Schaap (@JeremySchaap) July 3, 2019
According to a previous statement from Lorenzen's family, the former quarterback was hospitalized June 28 "battling infection, kidney & heart issues."
Lorenzen, Mr. Kentucky Football 1998 from Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, played for the Wildcats from 2000-03. He holds the program record for most passing yards in a career with 10,354 and ranks second in most career touchdown passes with 78.
"Jared was a uniquely gifted player who endeared himself to the Big Blue Nation with his passion for the game and his incredible talent," Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart said in a statement.
"More importantly, he was a true Wildcat and a man whose love for the University of Kentucky was plain to see well after his playing days were over. That love was surpassed only by the love he had for his two children. We offer our support and condolences to them, as well as all of Jared's family and friends."
After college, Lorenzen signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free in 2004 and stayed with the team until being released in 2008. He received playing time as a backup to Eli Manning during the 2006 and 2007 seasons, winning a Super Bowl during the latter.
“Jared was a great teammate and friend. We competed against each other in college and came to the Giants together. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I will always remember his competitive spirit and his good nature. Jared has left us all way too soon.”-Eli Manning pic.twitter.com/OdgZYZ4xvL— New York Giants (@Giants) July 3, 2019
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