On the field, Jared Lorenzen was one of the most unique quarterbacks of all-time.
The former University of Kentucky star known as the “Hefty Lefty” became a must-see player during his time with the Wildcats before earning time in the NFL–including a stint as Eli Manning‘s backup with the Giants.
But away from the field, Lorenzen is more like the average person than most former NFL players. The 36-year-old suffers from severe weight issues. How bad is it? In a recent video, Lorenzen revealed that he ballooned to over 500 pounds.
Lorenzen is now documenting his journey to lose the weight for all of his fans–both in New York and Kentucky–to see.
The series is called “The Jared Lorenzen Project” and chronicles how Lorenzen realized how bad his weight had become, the moment his problem hit him during a stint in the Arena League and how his diet as a child set the tone for issues as an adult.
Lorenzen played two seasons (2006-2007) with the Giants, appearing in four total games. His inclusion as Manning’s backup on the 2007 team culminated in a Super Bowl ring.
At Kentucky, Lorenzen was a collegiate star. In four years as a starter in the SEC, Lorenzen threw for over 10,000 yards, tossed 78 touchdowns and rushed for 12 scores.
Shortly after the first video was posted, Lorenzen took to Twitter to thank all his fans for the support.
Thanks so much for your kind words. It’s amazing to see how many people are behind this. Thank you thank you thank you.
— jared lorenzen (@JaredLorenzen22) August 1, 2017
Ex-Giants QB chronicling weight loss after ballooning to 500 pounds (VIDEO)