I have tried unsuccessfully five times to write a post about Jared Lorenzen. I get ready to hit the publish button and instead I hit delete. There are no words combined together can give a tribute to Jared.
Jared Lorenzen defined Kentucky. Born and raised on the pee-wee football fields in Northern Kentucky. His journey took him from the goalposts at Fort Thomas Highlands to the floor at Rupp. From there it was the turf at Commonwealth Stadium to the turf at MetLife Stadium. He hoisted a State Football Championship trophy, a Mr. Kentucky Football award and wore a Super Bowl Champion ring on his finger. Yet his final stop on his earthly journey was back home to Kentucky.
Jared would often be described as one of a kind football player. He had the body of an offensive lineman, the blocking ability of a linebacker, the agility of a running back and the skills of a quarterback. College football fans throughout the nation joined with the BBN in marveling at the athletic ability of the “hefty lefty” from Kentucky.
The outpouring of condolences on social media tells the story of lives he touched. National media, NFL players, college athletes and the BBN all have memories of watching Jared on the field. There are also those who were have expressed how Jared touched them personally.
Jared was kind to others. He never turned his back on fans asking for pictures or autographs. He had time for everyone. His infectious personality lit up a room and his stories would captivate audiences.
It was only fitting yesterday, as news spread of his passing the rain clouds opened up throughout the Commonwealth. Perhaps Mother Nature was grieving with the entire BBN.
Keep Jared’s family in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. Saying goodbye is never easy especially when there is so seemingly so much time left to live.
Honor Jared’s memory by being kind to one another. Take that extra step. Jared would.