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Former Louisville star donated $5K to Lorenzen family for funeral costs

(Photo: Atlanta Falcons)

Former Louisville offensive lineman Jamon Brown, now a member of the Atlanta Falcons, never met Jared Lorenzen. Brown and Lorenzen played on opposite sides of the state’s big rivalry, almost a decade apart, and grew up in different parts of Kentucky; Brown from Fern Creek in Louisville, Lorenzen a Highlands star from Northern Kentucky.

But Brown respected his fellow Kentuckian and felt compelled to help out once he learned of Lorenzen’s passing last week. According to Forbes’ SmartMoney, Brown, through his Jamon Brown Foundation, donated $5,000 to Lorenzen’s family to help cover funeral costs.

“I guess you can say he was a legend in the state of Kentucky, and for me, it’s important to pay respect to those who came before me, whether they played for the University of Kentucky or Louisville,” Brown told Forbes.

A very kind gesture by a rival.

The two do have one common bond, though: they both played for the New York Football Giants. Lorenzen of course won the Super Bowl with New York during his three years as Eli Manning’s backup. Brown spent half of last season with the Giants, starting at right guard from Week 10 through the end of the season. He signed a three-year, $18.75 million deal with the Falcons this past spring.

UPDATE: Danny Mosby, executive director of the Jamon Brown Foundation, told the Courier-Journal that former Louisville players Deion Branch and Chris Redman will also be donating an unspecified amount toward Jared’s funeral costs. Good on them. [Courier-Journal]

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

31 Comments for Former Louisville star donated $5K to Lorenzen family for funeral costs

  1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    3:06 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    Awesome. Jamon, if you read this, you’re a very kind man. God bless.

    • magimae
      5:20 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

      Totally agree, what a class act by Jamon Brown, wishing you great success in your NFL career, god bless you young man.

  2. dhard
    3:07 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    Class act by this man.?????

    • John Capilari
      5:41 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

      Absolutely, I am floored. Didn’t think I would put the words class and Louisville in same sentence.

  3. Lhw
    3:08 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink


  4. Heavy C
    3:08 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    Wow…Total Class Move. I ain’t even gonna throw shade towards his school. Well done.

  5. 4everUKblue
    3:11 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    Now that is awesome! You’re a good man Jamon.

  6. BluKudzu
    3:22 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    If everyone that hits KSR gave $10.00, there would be no issues to cover costs.

    • Goose
      5:16 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

      Good much money have you given so far?

    • BluKudzu
      8:03 am July 9, 2019 Permalink

      I have contributed.

    • krautdog
      10:05 am July 9, 2019 Permalink


    • Goose
      10:37 am July 9, 2019 Permalink

      Good for you!! Tell me (and all of us) how you did that so we can follow your lead. Did you mail in a check, drop it off, etc? You’re a good man.

    • Goose
      10:58 am July 9, 2019 Permalink

      And to see you contributed before the site is even launched….again, good for you BluKudzu….you’re way ahead of the rest of us.

    • UK Big Board Update
      11:03 am July 9, 2019 Permalink

      Seems legit….

  7. Hal Chidick
    3:29 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    I love the rivalry, but this is the kindness and respect the world needs more of. Class act!!

  8. Boman2112
    3:31 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    Where can I send something to his kids?

  9. BobbyBlue
    3:33 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    Wow what a class act by this young man !

    • Drogon
      3:36 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

      Kudos to these 2 gentlemen as well.

      Because of the level of respect Lorezen earned during his lifetime, other members of his former college rivals who, like him, played in the NFL are also planning to contribute.

      Two former Cardinal alumni who have stepped up to join Brown in honoring their school’s fallen rival include receiver Deion Branch, who played for the Patriots and Seahawks, and quarterback Chris Redman, previously with the Ravens and the Falcons.

  10. The Real LindaS
    4:32 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    It doesn’t matter at the end of the day. It doesn’t matter your politics either at the end of the day. At the end of the day you are a human being and hopefully some of us can still be friends. You know what I mean. Jared showed us what it means to be a human being. So many stories have been told about what a kind and wonderful person he was. Did we know how Jared lived outside of his struggle with his weight no most of us did not? His story was documented by ESPN in July 2018. RIP Jared Lorenzen you left a mark on this earth be it small or large, be it blue or red you will be remembered and your example and life is a model to help people struggling no matter the reason. Legends live forever.

  11. ukcamel
    4:43 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    As a Falcons fan, this makes me especially happy.

  12. Big Sexy
    4:54 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    That is awesome that these guys are stepping up. I do find it odd that Lorenzen didn’t have something like this taken care of though.

    • BlueByYou
      7:02 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

      I am sure he had it handled. This is not about the money, it’s about the gesture. It’s a heartfelt deed by a very kind man whether needed or not….it’s a class thing to do.

    • RealCatsFan
      8:02 am July 9, 2019 Permalink

      Not a lot of people preplan their funeral, much less prepay it. In fact, most financial advisers recommend against prepaying a funeral, especially at his age. Smarter to establish a general emergency fund that can be used for other things as well.

  13. TOMCATS1990
    5:02 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    Class act for sure!!

  14. Ridge Runner
    5:17 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    Really awesome gesture.

  15. BigBlueBass
    6:36 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    That’s awesome… well done

  16. catdaddyd
    8:12 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    God bless Jamon.

  17. mashburnfan1
    9:33 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    These guys doing this really shows what everything should be about. Yes they are a hated rival but in the end this is about life and humans. Jared has touched so many by the way he lived and what better proof than this. Class move by you guys and thank you from all of BBN. Anyone else wanting to help can buy from his shirt company as they are donating all proceeds through July to his family. You can get a shirt and help at the same time, what is better than that.

  18. Jesus H. Chrysler
    9:51 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    I still hate U of L’ville Athletics. L’s always down.

    Jamon Brown not so much. Classy move Big Fella.

  19. huck
    3:20 am July 9, 2019 Permalink

    Didn’t expect this out of me….. L’s up, to me they earned and deserve that. I started watching college bb in late 60/s/early 70’s… my family UK and then other state schools….I had to drop Louisville when my friends couldn’t go there to game with wife and kid and have to consider a fight….one friend could whip most any ass, anywhere, and had to back down because had wife and 3-4 year old daughter…

    They not all bad