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Kentucky Football: Jared Lorenzen Discusses His Weight Issues

A touching ESPN story about Jared Lorenzen's struggles with his weight.

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When you have the time, I highly suggest you read the recent ESPN article that covers Jared Lorenzen and his struggles with his weight. A struggle the majority of us deal with to varying degrees, and at varying times of our lives. I recall as an 8th grader making my annual pilgrimage to The Sweet Sixteen with my dad and friends, and we watched his Highlands team play in Rupp. The rumor in the stands was that their big guy played quarterback for their football team which seemed unbelievable until the game started. Immediately, his athleticism made you forget his girth. He was just a player. A damn good one.

Here's the opening:

Jared Lorenzen and I are in love with the same woman. Her name is Little Debbie, and she makes delicious snack cakes. We're not the only ones who love her. Nick Saban has two Oatmeal Creme Pies every morning for breakfast. I'm more of a Nutty Bars man myself. "They're all right," Lorenzen says. "But I'll kill a Fudge Round."

also this bit highlights the struggle with weight loss that can build over time:

Part of being an adult is taking care of your body. He and I agree that we can't be grown men until we are not such overgrown men. But it's like football. You can't just know the plays. You have to execute. "At first it was like, once I come back from this, once I can run again and feel better about my ankle, I gotta do something," he says. "And then it was, man, it's cold now, and I can't really do much on it. I can walk, but it's like whoop, it inflates right away. But it's a double-edged sword. Yeah, it inflates because I probably have more weight on it than I should, and I need to lose the weight. Well, in order to lose the weight, I have to be able to work out. Which is, you know, what you're constantly fighting.

Read the whole thing, etc.