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Jared's Humble Beginnings and Meteoric Rise to Olympian Heights


Jared Lorenzen (born February 14, 1981, in Covington, Kentucky) is currently a backup quarterback for the New York Giants. He is listed as 6'4", 285 lbs of pure power.  Lorenzen attended Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. As a member of the freshman basketball team he scored 54 points in one half. He then rested the next half so he could play in the varsity game later that night. In that game he made 9 three-pointers including a buzzer beating shot from beyond half court.  Lorenzen moved on to the University of Kentucky and was the team's starting quarterback beginning with his freshman year (2000), when head coach Hal Mumme named him the starter ahead of returning starter Dusty Bonner. Lorenzen's career at Kentucky was marked by two head coaching changes; Mumme departed as an investigation into NCAA rules violations brought down his staff and resulted in the program being placed on probation with serious scholarship limitations. After Lorenzen helped lead the team to a 7-5 record in 2002, head coach Guy Morriss left to become the head coach at Baylor University and was replaced by Rich Brooks. Despite all the turmoil, Lorenzen set school records in total offense, passing yards, and passing touchdowns, eclipsing many marks set by NFL #1 overall draft pick Tim Couch.

The left-handed Lorenzen was well-known at Kentucky for his size, tipping the scales at over 300 lbs. at one point in his career. He has since slimmed down to around 275 (125 kg), but is still an intimidating presence behind center. Because of his size he has a collection of colorful nicknames, including "Hefty Lefty",[1] "The Fat Ass with the Cannon Blast", "The Pillsbury Throwboy",[2] "J.Load",[3] "Round Mound of Touchdown",[3] and "BBQ (Big Beautiful Quarterback)".[4] Although not documented, many New York fans have started calling him "Lunchbox" at their homes and around the stadium. 

Lorenzen went undrafted in the 2004 NFL Draft, but was signed by the Giants and ended up making the roster before the 2005 season.

In the 2006 preseason, Lorenzen engineered a game-winning drive against the Baltimore Ravens to lead his team to victory. Following that performance and an impressive training camp he was officially named the Giants backup quarterback three weeks later.

Lorenzen made his first appearance on the field in a Giants uniform on December 30, 2006. During this game, he was used for one play, a QB Sneak to make a first down on a 3rd and 1.

Lorenzen made his second appearance on the field in a Giants uniform on Sunday, January 7, 2007, in the Giants' wild card game against the Eagles. On the Giants' opening drive, he lined up at QB on a key 3rd-and-1 and got the first down, well and truly "shifting the pile" in the process, on the way to a Giants touchdown. He also entered the game in the 3rd quarter but the Giants called timeout and Eli Manning took over at QB.

Lorenzen weighs in at 285 pounds with a BMI of 35.5, making him the largest quarterback in the NFL.

NFL Stats

College Stats - University of Kentucky

Jared Lorenzen Bio on UK Athletics



Jared Lorenzen Waived by the NY Giants

Giants Waive Five, Including Lorenzen
Move leaves team with 81 players on the roster
By Mike Eisen,

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JUNE 23, 2008

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Giants today trimmed their roster by waiving five players, including backup quarterback Jared Lorenzen, who had been with the organization since 2004.

Jared Lorenzen has been with the Giants since 2004

Also released were four first-year players: Wide receiver Todd Lowber, long snapper Nick Leeson, defensive tackle Brian Soi and offensive lineman Jacobs Hobbs.

The moves leave the Giants with 81 players (including six unsigned draft choices). They have four quarterbacks: Manning, Anthony Wright, David Carr and rookie Andre Woodson.

Lorenzen was signed as a rookie free agent in 2004, the same year the Giants acquired Eli Manning. The lefthander from Kentucky did not play that season but served as a backup to Manning each of the next three years.

During his Giants tenure, Lorenzen played in four regular season games and one postseason game. In the regular season, Lorenzen threw eight passes and completed four for 28 yards – all in 2007 – and had one regular season rushing attempt for 2 yards. He also has one postseason rushing attempt for two yards. Both runs were in the 2006 season.

In 2007, Lorenzen played in the first two games of the season as the backup quarterback, then was inactive as the third quarterback for the final 14 regular season games and in all four postseason contests.

Lowber, who played at Ramapo College, spent two stints on the Giants practice squad last season. He entered the NFL as a free agent signee by the Minnesota Vikings in 2007.

Leeson played in two preseason games for the Baltimore Ravens last year. He was signed by the Giants on May 12, 2008. Leeson was the long snapper at Virginia Tech from 2003-2006.

Soi, a product of Utah State, played in four preseason games for the Miami Dolphins in 2007. He was signed by the Giants after last month’s rookie mini-camp.

Hobbs played in four preseason games for the Philadelphia Eagles last year. When he signed in May, he became the first Giants player from the University at Albany, where the Giants have held training camp since 1996.