Jared Lorenzen, Former NFL Quarterback, Has Died at 38

Jared Lorenzen, Former NFL Quarterback, Has Died at 38
In this file photo, former Backup quarterback Jared Lorenzen #13 of the Indianapolis Colts against the Cincinnati Bengals during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianpolis, Indiana, on Aug. 28, 2008. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Former New York Giants quarterback Jared Lorenzen has died, his family said. He was 38.

In a statement to Kentucky Sports Radio, his mother, Janet Hermes, said he died Wednesday after being hospitalized for days.

“It is with heavy hearts that the family of Jared Lorenzen would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for all of your support and prayers over the past six days,” she said.

Lorenzen had been hospitalized after suffering from kidney and heart issues, the sports network’s founder Matt Jones tweeted.

Lorenzen played for Kentucky before signing with the New York Giants in 2004. “We lost a great one too soon today. Our hearts are with the Lorenzen family,” the University of Kentucky Football team tweeted.

Famed quarterback Eli Manning mourned the former NFL player and fellow Giant.

“Jared was a great teammate and friend,” Manning said. “We competed against each other in college and came to the Giants together. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I will always remember his competitive spirit and his good nature. Jared has left us all way too soon.”

The Giants described him as a “special person, and a beloved Giant.”

Former Giants Coach Tom Coughlin said he taught young children football and was working hard to lose weight and get back to playing.

“It’s sad to lose a kid who tried so hard to play again,” Coughlin said.

Lorenzen spent about four seasons with the Giants.

Another Former Giants Backup Shot

Lorenzen’s death comes just days after Anthony Wright, a former Giants backup quarterback and teammate of Lorenzen, was shot in North Carolina during a domestic dispute.

Police said Wright, 43, was hospitalized after the incident, reported the Sun Journal in North Carolina.

The incident took place in Concord, North Carolina, and officials said they arrived on the scene after receiving reports of gunfire. They found Wright with several gunshot wounds.

He was reportedly listed in stable condition in the hospital.

Witnesses told police that he got into a verbal dispute with his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend. He showed up to drop off his daughter, the Sun Journal reported.

Soon, an argument unfolded and shots were fired, the report stated.

No arrests have been made yet, but officials are looking for William Moses Hooker Jr., and a warrant was issued for his arrest for assault with a deadly weapon—inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.

After playing college football for the South Carolina Gamecocks, he played in the NFL for the Cowboys, Giants, Baltimore Ravens, and Cincinnati Bengals from 2000 until 2007.

Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this report.

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