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How Jared Lorenzen helped make one of the NFL’s greatest moments happen

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The David Tyree helmet catch may not have happened without the Kentucky legend.

Super Bowl XLII - New York Giants vs New England Patriots

The Big Blue Nation both at Kentucky and with the New York Giants are mourning the loss of quarterback Jared Lorenzen, who passed away at the age of 38 on Wednesday.

As several are sharing memories of watching him play, covering his career or their friendships with Lorenzen, a video of one memory of his career has resurfaced.

Lorenzon was the backup quarterback for the Giants in 2007-08 when they took down the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl 42. In that game, one of the most iconic plays of all time was made: The helmet catch.

Eli Manning escaped a heavy pocket, threw the ball in the middle of the field, and the rest was history.

However, many people may not realize that without Lorenzen’s help, Manning never may have escaped that sack. Take a look here as Manning shares how a practice drill that Lorenzen took almost too seriously, which helped Manning prepare to make the play of his life:

The Giants released a statement with quotes from Manning following Lorenzen’s passing:

22 forever.