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]