It's still hard to believe former UK/NFL/Owensboro Rage quarterback and Kentucky native Jared Lorenzen is gone. Lorenzen passed away last Wednesday at the age of 38. One of his former rivals is helping Lorenzen's family with funeral costs. 

Atlanta Falcons and former Louisville offensive lineman Jamon Brown never knew the big QB but since they were rivals, UK vs. Louisville, a decade apart, Brown is making a donation of $5,000 to Lorenzen's family. The two rivals also grew up in Kentucky, Brown attended Louisville Fern Creek High School, Lorenzen was a standout athlete in both football and basketball at Fort Thomas Highlands. He would go on to UK to set school records in total offense, passing yards, and passing touchdowns.

Brown also played for the New York Giants. Lorenzen was a Giants back-up quarterback to Eli Manning from 2004 to 2008, and he earned a Super Bowl ring when the Giants defeated the Patriots in 2008, he was then released by the team that June. Lorenzen played in the preseason of 2008 for the Indianapolis Colts, but was cut before the regular season began.

Lorenzen began his second career in 2009 as an indoor football star first with the Kentucky Horsemen, then two stints with the Northern Kentucky River Monsters, and in 2013, he played a half-season with the Owensboro Rage of the Continental Indoor Football League.

The quarterback's struggle with his weight was documented by ESPN in April of last year. By July of last year, he had lost 100 pounds.

A celebration of Lorenzen's life will be held this Wednesday, July 10th 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST at St. Pius X Church in Edgewood. The complete obituary and online condolences are HERE.

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