You may or may not remember the name Jared Lorenzen, but you probably remember his nickname “Hefty Lefty.”
In 2004, Lorenzen signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent, and worked his way into the backup role behind Eli Manning in 2006. Less than two years later, he was released by the Giants and cut by the Colts in a span of just a few months.
This sent the already over-sized quarterback into a physical tailspin. Lorenzen said that following being cut by the Colts, he did not step onto a scale again for years.
After a brief stint as the Quarterbacks Coach for his high school alma mater, the “Hefty Lefty” returned to the ranks of professional football when he took the position of General Manager of the Northern Kentucky River Monsters. During his time in the front office, Lorenzen realized he wasn’t ready to give up his competitive edge.
Now weighing in at 300+ pounds, the “Pillsbury Throwboy” stepped down as GM to take over the starting quarterback roll. Much to everyone’s surprise, Lorenzen went on to have an outstanding season and won the league MVP award.
After his praised return to football in 2011, the now 300+ pound Lorenzen earned the title of Commissioner of the Ultimate Indoor Football League (UIFL) following that season.
In a futile attempt to save his football career, Lorenzen, who was now more than 320 pounds, stepped down as Commissioner to try playing quarterback one more time. This time, he suffered a career-ending injury (for now) when he shattered his tibia in the second game of the season.
Since then, Jared Lorenzen has lost control of his weight and found himself weighing 502 pounds this year. This shocking realization has inspired the estranged quarterback to launch a project to get healthy and become someone his “family can be proud of.”
Here’s his story: