A former college star and backup NFL QB Jared Lorenzen, known at the ‘Pillsbury Throwboy’ died this week.
Lorenzen, who played football for Kentucky and once served as the backup QB for the New York Giants, suddenly passed away at the age of 38.
College Football Star
Lorenzen was both a football and media celebrity during his days at Kentucky. His bulky frame was not exactly typical of a quarterback, but his play more than made up for that.
During his time at Kentucky, Lorenzen started 41 games and had a passer rating of 126.0. He also threw for more than 10,000 yards during his career.
Lorenzen had a more than acceptable TD to INT ratio as well (78:41).
While in high school, he was named Kentucky’s Mr. Football in 1998 and made the ALL-SEC Second Team in 2002. That level of play, however, ended once he went into the pros.
Weight Problems and Football Career
Lorenzen’s weight problems really got out of control once he left college and headed to the NFL. While not being selected in the NFL Draft, he was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Giants in 2004.
The Giants wanted him to play in NFL Europe, but he declined. Instead, he would serve as the team’s 3rd string (emergency QB) for 2004 and 2005.
His playing weight in the NFL was 285 pounds, which would ultimately be one of the reasons he would never play in the league again after the 2005 season.
Lorenzen would try to keep his professional football dreams alive when he was signed by the Colts in 2008, but he did not make final cuts. After a brief coaching stint with his former high school team, he would play in several alternative leagues. He actually won the league MVP award as QB for the Northern Kentucky River Monsters in 2011.
Sadly, an injury would end his playing career soon after that glorious season, which is when the real weight problems would kick in. He was rumored to have weighed in excess of 500 pounds at one point.
Lorenzen is survived by two children, a boy and a girl.