Lorenzen at 2007 Giants training camp
|Date of birth:||February 14, 1981|
|Place of birth:||Covington, Kentucky|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||320 lb (145 kg)|
|High school:||Fort Thomas (KY) Highlands|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Jared Raymond Lorenzen (born February 14, 1981) is a former professional football quarterback. Lorenzen has also been the Commissioner of the Ultimate Indoor Football League. He was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at Kentucky.
Lorenzen earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in Super Bowl XLII as the backup quarterback behind Eli Manning. The team beat the New England Patriots in that game. Lorenzen is nicknamed the "Hefty Lefty".
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. As a junior, he passed for a Northern Kentucky-record 2,759 yards and 37 touchdowns in 13 games. 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 and No.19 national ranking as a senior, earning him the Mr. Football Award. Five games into his senior season, Lorenzen committed to the University of Kentucky.
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. The move caused Bonner to transfer. 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.
Numbers in bold are Kentucky records.
New York 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.
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. 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. 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, because Manning's injury did not cost him any further playing time.
On July 24, 2008, Lorenzen was signed by the Indianapolis Colts. He was waived during the final cuts for the 53-man roster.
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.
Northern Kentucky River Monsters
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. Still wanting to compete (and despite being well over 300 lbs at the time), Lorenzen resigned as GM to become the team's starting quarterback. Lorenzen had a highly successful season, winning the league's MVP award.
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. The Rage folded two weeks prior to the end of the season due to financial distress.
Return to the River Monsters
Lorenzen returned to the River Monsters, by this point a member of the Continental Indoor Football League, on December 17, 2013. In Lorenzen's first game of the season, the now-320 pound 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. 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).
Currently, Lorenzen is a guest host of the Lexington-based radio show Kentucky Sports Radio, mainly during UK Football season.
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- Neil Schmidt (1 October 1998). "Highlands QB commits to UK". www.enquirer.com. The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- "Finalist named for Mr. Football". Daily News. December 13, 1998. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- Neil Schmidt (December 23, 1998). "Lorenzen is Mr. Football". www.enquirer.com. The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- Greg Dewalt (July 29, 2000). "New Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen is... Large and in Charge". Times Daily. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- Jack Thompson (June 11, 2000). "Qb Bonner Leaves Kentucky". www.chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- Michael Conroy (February 21, 2004). "Lorenzen hopes to make it big in NFL". www.lubbockonline.com. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
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- "Unknown". Archived from the original on June 28, 2008.
- "Former NFL QB and Kentucky star Jared Lorenzen joins Horsemen; QB Justin Rascati also assigned to team". af2.com. af2. February 10, 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2009.
- "Jared Lorenzen New QB Coach at Highlands".
- Rick Chandler (May 18, 2011). "Former Giants QB Jared Lorenzen still wingin' it, living large". www.nbcsports.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- "Jared Lorenzen Returning To Football". lex18.com. LEX18. February 24, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
- "Unknown". www.theuifl.com. Ultimate Indoor Football League. Archived from the original on February 19, 2015.
- Sean Edmondson (March 22, 2013). "Owensboro Rage signs former UK QB Jared Lorenzen". www.14news.com. WorldNow and WFIE. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- "Super Bowl Champion Returns to River Monsters to "Finish What We Started"". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. December 18, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- Paul Dehner Jr. (February 9, 2014). "Jared Lorenzen's CIFL opening performance goes viral". www.cincinnati.com. Gannett. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
- "Explosion knock off Northern Kentucky, knock out Lorenzen". www.goerie.com. Erie Times-News. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
- Jonathan Lintner (February 10, 2014). "Jared Lorenzen breaks leg in Sunday's Northern Kentucky River Monsters game". www.courier-journal.com. Gannett. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
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