I guess some of you heard this news yesterday.
He wasn’t even forty yet. Sad to hear about one of those rare players on another team who it was impossible to dislike. His girth was one reason, sure, but he was a helluva lot of fun to watch play, because you never knew what might be coming.
If you have a subscription to The Athletic, make sure you read this Bruce Feldman tribute ($$) about what a remarkable athlete and competitor Lorenzen was.
Hal Mumme, Lorenzen’s coach at the University of Kentucky, was sitting in the film room watching tape with his star quarterback Tim Couch when the lights flickered behind them. They turned around and saw a baby-faced young man filling the doorway.
“I wanted to meet you,” said Lorenzen, then a high schooler. “I’m gonna be your quarterback someday.”
Mumme noting Lorenzen’s massive frame — he sized him up at probably 6-4, 300 at the time — and thought, ‘You might be my left tackle someday.’
RIP, big guy.