Former Giants QB Jared Lorenzen has unfortunately lost his battle with health issues, as the family announced his passing on Wednesday at age 38.
Lorenzen was admitted to the hospital last Friday with an infection as well as dealing with kidney and heart issues. He was battling them while in an intensive care unit, but he couldn't prevail.
The Giants released the following statement on Lorenzen's passing:
"Jared was a special person, and a beloved Giant. 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 fans did."
Former teammate Eli Manning also shared his sympathies with the Lorenzen family:
"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."
Kentucky Sports Radio's Matt Jones released a statement from Lorenzen's family...
"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," the statement read. "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. We will offer arrangement information in the coming days. Please keep Jared's family and especially his children, in your thoughts and prayers."
A University of Kentucky standout, Lorenzen was Eli Manning's primary backup quarterback from 2004-2007. He was affectionately known by the Giants fanbase as "The Hefty Lefty." Though he played just four games over his career, Lorenzen was a Super Bowl champion in '07 with Big Blue.
After his NFL career came to and end, Lorenzen didn't hang up his cleats. He signed with the Northern Kentucky River Monsters in an indoor football league in 2014, and his first start with the squad went viral. Lorenzen, though, would injure his leg during a goal-line play, and it might have been a blessing in disguise at the time.
Lorenzen went to the doctor who told him that he has congestive heart failure and pre-diabetes as he weighed in around 500 pounds. From there, Lorenzen began to exercise, eat better, and document his weight loss through "The Jared Lorenzen Project."