The Kentucky family lost one of the most beloved members of their community when Jared Lorenzen passed away due to kidney, heart complications as well as an infection. Since then, Kentucky fans have raised nearly $100,000 for Jared’s family (huge s/o KSR) and have shown why being a Kentucky fan is still one of the greatest things in the world. We’re a family, who will do anything for anyone. Which leads us to Terry Wilson. A week or so ago Terry Wilson tweeted that he wanted to “rock the deuce deuce” for opening day and we thought it may be far fetched, but apparently not.
According to WLex 18, Stoops said “He reached out to me right after it happened and my initial thought was, that’s a great idea.” One of the big obstacles was the coaching staff, just because a lot goes into the numbering as well as the planning, but with Stoops on board there is only one thing that could stop this…the NCAA. Our good friends over at the NCAA love to ruin good things, like NCAA Football. But they could step in saying this isn’t allowed due to money allocation on the sales of the #3 jersey or that they do not want to set a precedent that players can just change numbers whenever, but I think they should just let this happen.
Think about this…if the sales of #3 dip, then just make a #22. You know how many fans would scoop up a newer version of a Lorenzen jersey? This would also give them good press for the first time in a very long time and would seemingly put them in good graces with Kentucky (for the time being). With Stoops, our athletic department, and pretty much everyone else on board, let’s hope they don’t ruin this.
If Terry Wilson is able to pull this off, how beloved will he be? Kentucky will definitely have a ceremony on before their opening kick and may even wear some “22” stickers but if Terry Wilson changes his number for a game that would be the sign of ultimate respect and a way for him to win over some fans. As for Lorenzen, he was the one that got me into Kentucky Football. The “Hefty Lefty” inspired many and lived the dream of any player raised in Kentucky. Wic wrote a piece on him the other day (here) but our continued thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. In 2016, he said “Life’s too short to cry about stuff. So get out there laugh, smile, and have fun doing it.” So let’s take those words and live on. See you on the other side, 22.