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Jared Lorenzen
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Lorenzen at 2007 Giants training camp
No. 22, 13, 8
Personal information
Born: (1981-02-14) February 14, 1981 (age 38)
Covington, Kentucky
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
High school:Fort Thomas (KY) Highlands
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As administrator:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:28
Passer rating:58.3
Player stats at

Jared Raymond Lorenzen (born February 14, 1981) is a former American football quarterback and former commissioner of the Ultimate Indoor Football League.[1] He played college football at Kentucky and was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2004.

Lorenzen earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in Super Bowl XLII as the backup quarterback behind Eli Manning when the team defeated the then-undefeated New England Patriots in 2007.

Early years[edit]

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;[2] as a junior, he passed for a Northern Kentucky-record 2,759 yards and 37 touchdowns in 13 games.[3] 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[4] and No.19 national ranking as a senior, earning him the Mr. Football Award.[5] Five games into his senior season, Lorenzen committed to the University of Kentucky.[3]

College career[edit]

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.[6] The move caused Bonner to transfer.[7] 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.[8]



Passing Rushing Receiving
Season Team GS GP Rating Att Comp Pct Yds TD INT Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD
2000 Kentucky 11 11 116.5 559 321 57.4 3,687 19 21 76 140 5 0 0 0
2001 Kentucky 6 8 136.6 292 167 57.2 2,179 19 7 54 119 2 1 -13 0
2002 Kentucky 12 12 135.4 327 183 56.0 2,267 24 5 60 -51 0 0 0 0
2003 Kentucky 12 12 123.3 336 191 56.8 2,221 16 8 89 75 5 1 -11 0
Totals 41 43 126.0 1,514 862 56.9 10,354 78 41 279 283 12 2 -24 0

Numbers in bold are Kentucky records.

Professional career[edit]

New York Giants[edit]

Lorenzen was not selected in the 2004 NFL Draft and signed as undrafted free agent with the New York Giants,[10] he declined an offer by coach Tom Coughlin to play NFL Europe in 2005.[11] 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 first appearance on the field in a Giants uniform on December 30, 2006. During this game, he was used for one play, a quarterback sneak to make a first down on a third-and-one.[12]

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,[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

On July 24, 2008, Lorenzen was signed by the Indianapolis Colts,[16] he was waived during the final cuts for the 53-man roster.[17]

Kentucky Horsemen[edit]

On February 10, 2009, Lorenzen was assigned to the Kentucky Horsemen of af2;[18] the team went bankrupt and was dissolved in October 2009.[19]


After the Horsemen folded, Lorenzen retired as a player. On March 23, 2010, he was hired as the quarterbacks coach at his alma mater, Highlands High School, in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.[20]

Northern Kentucky River Monsters[edit]

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.[21] Still wanting to compete, Lorenzen resigned as GM to become the team's starting quarterback.[22] Lorenzen had a highly successful season, winning the league's MVP award.[23]

UIFL Commissioner[edit]

After gaining some positive press for his return to football, Lorenzen was named commissioner of the league after the 2011 season.[1]

Owensboro Rage[edit]

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;[24] the Rage folded two weeks prior to the end of the season due to financial distress.

Return to the River Monsters[edit]

Lorenzen returned to the River Monsters, by this point a member of the Continental Indoor Football League, on December 17, 2013.[25] 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;[26] 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).[27][28]

Post-football career[edit]

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.[29]

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.[30][31] By April 2018, Lorenzen had lost over 100 pounds,[32] his story was documented by ESPN in July 2018.[33]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Reigning UIFL MVP Lorenzen named Commissioner". Ultimate Indoor Football League. Archived from the original on November 19, 2011.
  2. ^ "Highlands' Smith 1st-team all-state". The Cincinnati Enquirer. March 9, 1999. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Neil Schmidt (October 1, 1998). "Highlands QB commits to UK". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  4. ^ "Finalist named for Mr. Football". Daily News. December 13, 1998. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  5. ^ Neil Schmidt (December 23, 1998). "Lorenzen is Mr. Football". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  6. ^ Greg Dewalt (July 29, 2000). "New Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen is... Large and in Charge". Times Daily. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  7. ^ Jack Thompson (June 11, 2000). "Qb Bonner Leaves Kentucky". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  8. ^ Michael Conroy (February 21, 2004). "Lorenzen hopes to make it big in NFL". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  9. ^ "Jared Lorenzen Stats". USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  10. ^ "Giants sign Kentucky QB Jared Lorenzen". ESPN Internet Ventures. April 27, 2004. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  11. ^ Branch, John (August 3, 2006). "Lorenzen Tries to Adapt to His Giants Family". Retrieved April 27, 2018 – via
  12. ^ "Giants vs. Redskins - Game Recap - December 30, 2006 - ESPN". Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  13. ^ "Giants vs. Eagles - Game Recap - January 7, 2007 - ESPN". Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  14. ^ Ralph Vacchiano (September 16, 2007). "Giants' QB Jared Lorenzen waiting for chance to start". Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  15. ^ "Unknown". Archived from the original on June 28, 2008.
  16. ^ "Lorenzen signs with Colts". Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  17. ^ "Jared Lorenzen, QB, Free Agent". Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  18. ^ "Former NFL QB and Kentucky star Jared Lorenzen joins Horsemen; QB Justin Rascati also assigned to team". af2. February 10, 2009. Archived from the original on February 17, 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2009.
  19. ^ "Horsemen forced to fold". Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  20. ^ "Jared Lorenzen New QB Coach at Highlands".
  21. ^ Rick Chandler (May 18, 2011). "Former Giants QB Jared Lorenzen still wingin' it, living large". NBC Sports. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  22. ^ "Jared Lorenzen Returning To Football". LEX18. February 24, 2011. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
  23. ^ "Unknown". Ultimate Indoor Football League. Archived from the original on February 19, 2015.
  24. ^ Sean Edmondson (March 22, 2013). "Owensboro Rage signs former UK QB Jared Lorenzen". WorldNow and WFIE. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  25. ^ "Super Bowl Champion Returns to River Monsters to "Finish What We Started"". OurSports Central. December 18, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  26. ^ Paul Dehner Jr. (February 9, 2014). "Jared Lorenzen's CIFL opening performance goes viral". Gannett. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  27. ^ "Explosion knock off Northern Kentucky, knock out Lorenzen". Erie Times-News. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  28. ^ Jonathan Lintner (February 10, 2014). "Jared Lorenzen breaks leg in Sunday's Northern Kentucky River Monsters game". Gannett. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  29. ^ "Guess who started a t-shirt company. Jared Lorenzen, that's who".
  30. ^ Sacks, Ethan, Now 500 pounds, former Giants QB Jared Lorenzen goes to battle against obesity, The Today Show, August 10, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  31. ^ "After weighing in at 500-plus pounds, Jared Lorenzen launches project to get healthy (Video)". Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  32. ^ "How Jared Lorenzen lost 100 pounds in a year". Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  33. ^ ESPN (July 19, 2018), Jared Lorenzen, a once in a generation athlete, now faces a battle for his life, E:60, ESPN, retrieved July 24, 2018

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Preceded by
Dennis Johnson
Kentucky Mr. Football
Succeeded by
Travis Atwell