Fans of the Southeastern Conference cannot forget former University of Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen – a.k.a. “Hefty Lefty” and the “Pillsbury Throwboy.”
From 2000-03, this stocky fellow threw for more than 10,000 yards and 78 touchdowns for the Wildcats … and ran for another twelve scores. Due to his, um … rotundness, however, Lorenzen wasn’t drafted in 2004. But he was signed by the NFL’s New York Giants, and he won a Super Bowl ring in 2008 as Eli Manning’s backup.
Where is Lorenzen now?
After being cut by the Giants in 2008 (and signed and cut by the Indianapolis Colts in 2009), he’s been playing minor league football – and briefly serving as a commissioner for the Ultimate Indoor Football League (UIFL).
This year, Lorenzen – who has ballooned to more than 320 pounds – is playing quarterback for the Northern Kentucky River Monsters of the Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL).
Wanna see the second-heaviest player on the team’s roster move?
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For those of you keeping score at home, Lorenzen’s River Monsters defeated the Bluegrass Warhorses 36-20 in their season opener this week … but the real story was obviously the squad’s oversized 32-year-old signal-caller.
“Lorenzen is an American hero, and we salute him,” writes Sports Nation’s Rodger Sherman. “Godspeed, Hefty Lefty. Godspeed.”
Indeed. You go, Throwboy.