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Thursday Quickies: Remembering Jared Lorenzen Edition

Reflecting on the life and career of the legendary Wildcat

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Jared Lorenzen for the open receiver Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Today’s Quickies would normally be about today being the 4th of July, but instead, I’m using this space to reflect on the life and career of one of the most loved and admired Kentucky football players of all time, Jared Lorenzen, who passed away yesterday at the age of 38.

One could argue that Lorenzen is one of the most well-known Kentucky football players. He grew up in the state of Kentucky, took his team to a state championship in high school, and had multiple offers to go play for other, higher-profile schools at the time.

But Lorenzen wanted to lead his home-state Wildcats and that he did.

He broke record after record (many of which he still holds), recorded highlight after highlight, and became an icon in the Bluegrass state.

After his time at UK, he won a Super Bowl ring with the Giants and after retiring, became involved with the UK football program once again. There is no doubt he loved the UK Football program tremendously and wanted to see the program continue to succeed.

Jared’s weight loss journey, the Jared Lorenzen project, inspired thousands to help lead healthier lifestyles. It’s safe to say that over the course of his life, in one way or another, Jared made an incredible impact on hundreds of thousands of lives.

For me, my earliest memories of Kentucky Football involve watching Jared Lorenzen. I’ve heard many say it, but it’s absolutely true: he was larger than life. I remember just sitting in awe watching him run around the backfield and make throws that nearly any other quarterback wouldn’t even dare trying. I remember watching him put his shoulder down and go straight into linebackers trying to pick up a couple extra yards. I remember cameras picking him up on the sidelines during games and hearing him yell at fans or teammates in his excitement or frustration.

Jared Lorenzen is one of my first memories of UK Football and what memories they are.

He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him, but especially his family and in particular, his two children. They’ll remain in our thoughts and prayers.

What are your favorite Lorenzen memories? Let’s talk about them.

Tweets of the Day

This is a good reflection of Jared the person.

No doubt he had a bigger impact on his teammates off the field.


WATCH: Jared Lorenzen’s UK Hall of Fame induction speech - UK Athletics

Worth your time if you get the chance today.

Jared Lorenzen was one of a kind - Herald Leader

John Clay reflects on Lorenzen’s career.

What made Jared Lorenzen the most fabled player of his generation - The Athletic (paid)

Lorenzen made an impression on many outside of Kentucky.

Lorenzen’s five greatest moments at Kentucky - Courier Journal

This is a hard list to rank.

PJ not expected to play in Summer League - KSR

Foot issues arise again for Washington.

Logan Stenberg named Sporting News Preseason All-American - KSR

Cool honor for Stenberg, who is expected to have a big year.

Darius Miller agrees to two-year deal with Pelicans - Cats Pause

Darius getting paid!

DeMarcus Cousins is a man without a team - The Ringer

Someone sign DeMarcus please.

How Kawhi Leonard’s decision impacts the NBA - ESPN

Kawhi is reportedly down to the Lakers, Raptors and Clippers.

The story behind Joey Chestnut’s record-setting diet - Yahoo

The hot dog eating contest is a national tradition and Chestnut has become a household name.