Former Giants QB Jared Lorenzen dies aged 38

Former New York Giants quarterback Jared Lorenzen died at the age of 38, his family announced on Wednesday.

Lorenzen, who earned an NFL Super Bowl ring as Eli Manning's backup in 2008, was hospitalised last week before succumbing to cardiac and renal issues.

"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," the family wrote in a statement.

"We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Jared today, July 3, 2019. Again, we appreciate all of the warm wishes and prayers, but as a family, we would request your respect and privacy.

"We will offer arrangement information in the coming days. Please keep Jared's family and especially his children, in your thoughts and prayers."

Lorenzen played two years for the Giants, appearing in four games off the bench while completing 50 per cent of his passes for 28 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts in 2008 but was waived during the final cuts and never played in the NFL again.

"Jared was a special person, and a beloved Giant," a statement from the Giants read. "He was an important member of our 2007 team, one that created its own destiny. Our thoughts are with Jared’s family and friends who loved and appreciated him so much, just as our organisation and fans did."

He went undrafted out of Kentucky in 2004, but his career with the Wildcats was a very good one. He threw for more than 10,000 yards with 78 touchdowns and 41 interceptions and is 10th all-time in the SEC with 90 total touchdowns.

After leaving the NFL in 2008, he went on to coach high school football and eventually to play in the now-defunct Ultimate Indoor Football League.

He was the league MVP in 2011 and was named the commissioner of the league in the same year.

"Jared was a great teammate and friend," Giants QB Manning said in a statement. "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."

Lorenzen was well known for his battle with obesity and launched "The Jared Lorenzen Project" which documented his journey to lose weight after weighing as much as 500 pounds. He would go on to lose more than 100.

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