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Jared Lorenzen, a UK football icon, has passed away

It is with a shattered heart and a mind that is in complete shock that I have to write these words:

Jared Lorenzen — a college football legend, a Super Bowl champion and an even better friend and person — has passed away.

Details at this point are limited, not that the details matter right now. We all knew Jared was hospitalized last Friday and he was “fighting with everything,” his family said over the weekend.

On Wednesday, Jared lost that fight. He was only 38 years old.

A statement from his family:

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his two kids, Taylar and Tayden. He was so involved with their youth sports (Taylar in softball, Tayden following in his old man’s footsteps with football) and he loved bragging on how well they were doing. He was such a proud dad.

As for his own athletic career, you don’t need me to tell you about Jared Lorenzen’s legacy. You witnessed it and you loved every minute of it. He will be remembered as one of the all-time greats at Kentucky, forever. There will never be another player like Jared Lorenzen; not just in Lexington, but anywhere in football. When he was the quarterback at Kentucky, he was must-see television for football fans everywhere; and for that, he will always be one of the faces of the UK football program — and one of its most exciting players to watch.

Outside of football, we here at KSR grew close to Jared once he joined our radio and podcast teams for football coverage. Through our time with him on the shows and off the air, Jared became a dear friend and we will miss him so much, as will everyone who knew him personally, and many more who didn’t.

Jared Lorenzen was special. He was special for both his insane athletic abilities at his size and for his fun-loving personality. He was always so great and personable with his fans, even if all they wanted to do was talk about his size. He was just one of those people who would light up any room, just as he lit up whatever poor defensive back tried to tackle him shy of a first down.

Jared Lorenzen was truly an unbelievable human being and we are lucky to have known him.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

95 Comments for Jared Lorenzen, a UK football icon, has passed away



  1. Bruce Dickinson
    4:17 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Horrible news. Prayers for his family especially his kids.



  2. opinpi
    4:17 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Wow…so sad



  3. Swizzle
    4:17 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Very sad.



  4. Catcasey1
    4:20 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    So sad



  5. CopenhagenCat
    4:21 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Very sad.



  6. krautdog
    4:21 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t have words…..! Only sorry….and sad. Family prayers!



    • mashburnfan1
      5:57 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

      Agree, nothing else really matters today. Very sad day for UK, BBN, all of football and many more. Wishing the best to his family and friends.



  7. rasputin_UK4573
    4:22 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    I remember meeting him in college. Genuinely a good person. One of my all time favorite UK football players. RIP buddy.



  8. Moof41224
    4:23 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Rest easy 22. Prayers for the family.



  9. beauleonard
    4:23 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Truly saddened by this news. May God rest his soul and bless his family, friends and loved ones. Sad day in the bluegrass.



  10. bigb
    4:23 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Sometimes life sucks, this is one such time. RIP Jared



  11. sincitycat
    4:26 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Tears in Colorado.



  12. bmcdonaldii
    4:27 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Heartbroken. Tweeted him last year and he replied, I wanted to see him win. Thoughts and prayers for Jared and family.



  13. dgtuk
    4:28 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Prayers for Jared’s family and bbn family. We love you jared..extra special place in heaven…



  14. TOMCATS1990
    4:28 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    So Sad prayers for the hefty lefty and his family



  15. gacat123
    4:28 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    That’s horrible. So sad. Thanks for all of the memories Jared! You will be missed. May you Rest In Peace



  16. kykats
    4:29 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Such a shame. May the lord be with his family.



  17. PillsburyThrowboy
    4:29 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    This is a very sad day for BBN. He was my favorite football player of all time and I’m sure that I am not the only one who feels that way. I remember playing peewee football while he was QB at UK. When my coach was asking all my teammates what number they wanted, I said #22. Coach thought I picked it because of Emmitt Smith, but I actually chose it because of Jared.

    This is the first comment I have made on KSR in a long time and it will be the last one I make with this Username.

    R.I.P. Jared, you will be deeply missed.



    • trevuk2k
      6:15 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

      All I have done is cried. I don’t really know what to say other than that man was my hero. Thank you j for being such a great role model for me. I even started losing weight because of you Jared. You will always be my hero.



  18. TheAssman
    4:32 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Noooooooo



    • just a guy
      4:38 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

      Rest In Peace Jared



  19. 8generationsblue
    4:35 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    So sad and so sorry.



  20. Larkin123
    4:35 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Terrible



  21. Papaw
    4:35 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Jareds BBN family mourns with his immediate family the passing of a good man at such a young age



  22. J-Dub421
    4:36 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    This is horrible.



  23. MacAssassin123
    4:37 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Just Wow is all I can say. I know what his kids are going through I went through it at their age also and it was the hardest things I have had to overcome. Just a sad day to be a member of the BBN



  24. UKfanman01
    4:39 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Oh my God….. I’m so saddened and shocked by this. May God rest his soul and be with his family. Rest easy Jared ?



  25. 4everUKblue
    4:40 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    This is horribly sad news. RIP Jared.



  26. sportsbird66
    4:42 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Beyond crushing. I’m so sorry



  27. TPACAT
    4:42 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    OMG… Godspeed, Double-Deuce…



  28. RealCatsFan
    4:44 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    I’m just heartbroken at the news. I was really encouraged that he might pull through. Sad, sad day in the commonwealth.



  29. Realme
    4:46 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Damn it. This is awful.



  30. Headhurts
    4:46 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Jared, you are forever true blue, RIP in the blue heavens pal.



  31. Jesus H. Chrysler
    4:48 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    GODSPEED Double Deuce



  32. rasputin_UK4573
    4:51 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Is his jersey retired at U.K.? If not let’s get that going.



  33. Big Bry 1
    4:51 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    I hope UK football does something special to recognize 22. I number on the helmet is great but more would be appropriate. This man loved Kentucky and UK sports. He not just a legendary player, but stories of seeing him drag UGA defenders and throw a pass from behind his head will live forever- He was the Babe Ruth for UK football



  34. TheBigjMan55
    4:52 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Gonna miss the hefty leftie



  35. travbub
    4:52 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Heart breaking. He fought so hard. You will forever be missed Jared. Love and prayers to his family.



  36. k3ntucky_jer
    4:56 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Hefty Lefty will always be great no matter where he is now. ?



  37. Jelleyjr
    4:56 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Condolences and prayers for the family. He will be missed. Loved watching him play. R.I.P. Jared.



  38. cslang2
    4:59 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Rest in peace Jared, you will be greatly missed.



  39. Optional Facts
    5:01 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    This is super sad ? we all mourn with his family today.



  40. BigKYDan
    5:03 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    We never will again see an athlete at his size with an absolute rocket of an arm like he had. Completely unique and a true Kentucky Wildcat. Above all, what an awesome person. This is a sad day for bbn. Prayers for his loved ones.



  41. sprtphan
    5:03 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    You will be missed and never forgotten. Thanks for all the memories.



  42. JTHinton
    5:04 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Oh my goodness … praying for his family. Horrible news. Never met him but he seemed like a wonderful person!



  43. catfan838
    5:05 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    So sad and #22 will never be forgotten. Prayers for his family and kids!



  44. Stinky Pete
    5:08 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    ?



  45. Kelkat
    5:08 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Horrible news. I am really in shock. I knew he was in the hospital and I guess I just kind of expected him to pull on through and be OK. I am shocked that he has passed away and so very sad… Prayers for his family…



  46. BobbyBlue
    5:12 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Dayumm- RIP Big guy



  47. CATandMONKEY
    5:15 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Best to Jared’s family.
    A true UK legend; You will be missed.



  48. TPACAT
    5:16 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    You’d think KSR would at least turn off the f’ing auto-play ads for this post, but noooooo…



  49. Wr4u.Rich
    5:19 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Drew I cant imagine how hard that was to write. Jared would be proud. RIP 22.



  50. mashman 93
    5:22 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    no no no This can’t be. I am sad beyond belief. Heck of a football player but he was a better man. Always approachable in any setting. Our hearts will be heavy this holiday weekend. Damn



  51. panicpat
    5:22 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Brutal brutal news. Jared was as great a
    Person as football player. Prayers for his family.



  52. stevemotley
    5:24 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Unbelievably sad. Prayers for his family



  53. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    5:24 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Here’s to play football in the sky big dude.
    ?



  54. Bluebloodtoo
    5:24 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    🙁



  55. Bluehender
    5:25 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Terribly sad. RIP Jared. Prayers for the family..



  56. UKCatAttack
    5:29 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    I’ve been afraid to click on KSR for the past several days in fear that I’d see this headline. The Jared Lorenzen era at UK holds some of my fondest UK football memories. I really appreciate KSR allowing us to get to know Jared Lorenzen the person over the past several years. He was so awesome to listen to on the football Pregame show. I didn’t know Jared personally but I truly feel like I lost a friend today. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the crew at KSR.



    • Bluehender
      5:35 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

      Well said UKCatAttack…



    • CoachKcursesAlot
      5:47 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

      Well said and I feel exactly the same and even respected him more when he said some games he just wanted to go home and watch game by himself when he could have had best seats in the house!



  57. Bleedblueky
    5:33 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    R.I.P. Jared ?



    • Bleedblueky
      5:40 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

      Sorry that I put a sad face but turned out to be a ?
      God Bless his family!



  58. SuperTroy18
    5:42 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Absolutely heartbreaking.



  59. KyCats8x
    5:44 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    RIP. Too soon.



  60. CoachKcursesAlot
    5:44 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Beautiful post Drew… brought tears to my eyes. I am a big guy myself and always supported Jared on the field and especially off.

    I love when you guys to the pregame from the stadium with Jared.

    I live in Georgia and could not wait to hear you .. Matt and the crew.

    Jared seemed like such a great person and my heart breaks for him and his family

    Especially, his young children.

    I am dealing with similar issues as Jared and have children myself and I will always respect him for his love of U.K. but even more for his love of his family and children.



  61. Kentuckiana
    5:57 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    I am sad.
    Always enjoyed listening to him on the football shows.



  62. BallDontLie
    6:00 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    This news hurt my heart.



  63. truebluefootballfan
    6:07 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    For the fans that stayed up watching the cats get blown out by 56 in games shown delayed at 1am on a weekly basis this guy was a football god who gave us a long awaited taste a of victory. One of the most exciting players to ever play on the gridiron and it was truly a pleasure to observe such an athletic anomaly and even bigger pleasure to have been able to call him a CAT. Rest easy big man and may god help the family find comfort in some way.



  64. tdub
    6:08 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    RIP big fella, enjoyed your time with us watching you play and listening to you on the radio. Praying for your family.



  65. Racerr11
    6:14 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    It was like you knew him but I was never close to him or ever spoke to him. Very entertaining player and was great on KSR. Thoughts and prayers with the entire family. Very sad day.



  66. runningunnin.454
    6:16 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    God needed a good QB, and he drafted a great one. Need a big play, I suggest the bootleg.
    Prayers for strength for his family.



  67. Ridge Runner
    6:18 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Just terrible news. My goodness.



  68. Racerr11
    6:21 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    The Hefty Lefty left us way too soon. They say only the good die Young. ? Jared



  69. slangterm
    6:23 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Matt, yall need to go live tomorrow. We are all sad. #22 left it all on the field for us. I feel so bad for his family.



  70. lexslamman
    6:34 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Never mind only the good die young. The best are dying young now.



  71. lexslamman
    6:35 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Also, JLo was a really nice dude and will be missed.



  72. bluetide
    6:35 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Messed up man. Too messed up. This stuff shouldn’t happen. So sorry for the family and for BBN as well.



  73. Racerr11
    6:35 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    ?



  74. Racerr11
    6:35 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    ?



  75. Johnny C
    7:01 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    While attending school and playing b-ball in Northern Ky I remember watching Jared along with Derek Smith play for Highlands. Two of the best athletes that I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. God bless you Jared and thanks for the great memories.



  76. BLUEsky
    7:20 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    The KSR group doesn’t know me from Adam so to speak, and I’ve never been able to get through on the call-in shows. However, I have followed KSR since basically the beginning when the episodes became available online. I don’t think I’ve missed one episode going back several years–including the football podcasts.

    All this being said, I feel your pain folks. I loved watching Jared play at Kentucky. I attended several games during his time as QB. I also loved listening to Jared on the shows, and am very saddened to hear of his passing. May friends and family find peace and comfort in one another during this difficult time. Condolences to all affected by this tragedy. RIP Jared.



  77. nocode96
    8:12 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    He represented Kentucky as well as anyone, more importantly, he represented goodness, andcwhen Drew said he could light up any room he entered, it could not have been more accurate. He and I are the same age, all I can think of are his kids. Hold your loved ones tight tonight BBN, every moment is special. Rest in power Jared.



  78. louahvullCatFan
    8:23 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Jared’s a man I wish I could have had some time to sit down and talk to, especially about his struggle with weight (something I can relate to). We’ve lost him far, far too soon. One thing to be thankful for is the number of interviews that KSR did with Jared on the main show and on the podcasts, and all of the stories about him on the blog. Those will be one way to help keep his memory alive, and they might even inspire others in their own personal journeys through life. RIP #22



  79. ghilbert77
    10:27 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    The Double Deuce Moose.
    Mighty young.



  80. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    11:20 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    Horrible. Prayers for the family.



  81. FloydWildcat
    11:31 pm July 3, 2019 Permalink

    I’ve never met him in person, but the news rattled me today. I feel like it came out of left field and am very saddened. He was far too young. May God be with his family!



  82. BrassowFan
    1:11 am July 4, 2019 Permalink

    It’s a sad day! Condolences to his children & family!



  83. WildcatCam
    1:15 am July 4, 2019 Permalink

    Him and Tim made me UK fans! Jared made me think I could be a qb ? I will miss him! God bless his soul!



  84. The Big Lebowski
    2:13 am July 4, 2019 Permalink

    Awww….MAN! That totally sucks.

    Rest In Peace, Jared.



  85. itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
    8:03 am July 4, 2019 Permalink

    The first jersey I had as a kid was 22 in blue. He was my childhood hero. Jared is probably one of the biggest reasons I’m such a huge UK fan. It’s hard to believe this is real. I pray that the Good Lord will welcome Jared into His Heavenly Kingdom. Rest easy Jared. We all love you and miss you. Until we meet again brother.



  86. Kerosenerag
    4:19 pm July 4, 2019 Permalink

    So sad to hear this….he was a good man and a great dad. A great representative of the the Kentucky Wildcats. A great friend to all BBN…he will be missed. Prayers to his family!



  87. BBNJustin
    1:31 am July 5, 2019 Permalink

    ?