Eli Manning calls Jared Lorenzen a great teammate

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Former NFL quarterback Jared Lorenzen continued "fighting for his life" while battling kidney and heart issues as well as an infection. He claimed, about a year after he started, to have lost almost 100 pounds.

The "Hefty Lefty" as he was affectionately known had been admitted to a hospital over the weekend after suffering an infection that affected his kidney and heart.

Jared Lorenzen, record-setting quarterback for the University of Kentucky and a member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame, passed away Wednesday as announced by his family.

In the years after the Super Bowl XLII upset, Manning credited Lorenzen's approach in practice with helping prepare him for that key moment. "Our thoughts are with Jared's family and friends who loved and appreciated him so much". He played in 43 games, throwing for 10,354 yards with 78 touchdowns and 41 interceptions.

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Since his playing days ended, Lorenzen's weight on his 6-foot, 4-inch frame topped 500 pounds, an issue he knew he had to address and tried to with a public declaration in 2017 that he would begin working toward a healthier lifestyle and helping others do the same. "We offer our support and condolences to them, as well as all of Jared's family and friends". From there, Lorenzen made a career playing indoor football and eventually retired a few years ago. "We competed against each other in college and came to the Giants together in 2004", Eli Manning, whom Lorenzen backed up for three pro seasons, said. I will always remember his competitive spirit and his good nature. "Please preserve Jared's household and especially his kids, in your thoughts and prayers".

"Jared's in a single day changed into as soon as uneventful and that would possibly well well be a factual tell", the household stated Tuesday in an announcement to Kentucky Sports Radio.

"Jared was a special person, and a beloved Giant", a statement from the Giants read.

Lorenzen's legacy will live on in Lexington, and fans may be reminded of it for the very first game of Kentucky's season on August 31 against Toledo.