Patrick Towles has looked up to Jared Lorenzen his entire life. Both having gone to school and played quarterback at Ft. Thomas Highlands High School, Patty Ice knew exactly who he would want to mentor him on his way to playing football at Kentucky. It is a truly special moment when you find someone on the same path as you. After Jared’s passing a few days ago, Patrick decided to share this handwritten letter he received from Hefty Lefty when he was just a sophomore in high school.
Game recognize game.
There is something so special about handwritten letters. Those simple yet powerful mementos that the author never realizes the impact of. I am sure Towles held this close to him since the day he received it and even closer now that tragedy has struck.
Thank you for sharing, Patrick. I know you made Jared proud.
It is with a heavy heart that we say good bye to a Kentucky football legend, Jared Lorenzen, at the age of 38.
He may be gone, but Hefty Lefty holds a special place in the hearts of every Wildcat fan that got to see him play. He will not only be remembered for his stature and tenure as Kentucky’s QB, but also for his plethora of nicknames that made him an instant crowd favorite including Pillsbury Throwboy, Hefty Lefty, the Abominable Throwman, J-Load, and my personal favorite, the Round Mound of Touchdown.
So, I feel like the best way to honor him is to look back on his life and relive his greatest moments. His 4 touchdown game versus Louisville, the 7 overtime game against Arkansas and his Super Bowl victory as a backup against the undefeated Patriots are just some that come to mind.
Even though Kentucky lost this game, this was the most heart I had ever seen anyone play with in a Kentucky uniform. Inspiring.
Despite being one of the highest rated prospects at tight end for the 2019 NFL Draft, CJ Conrad from Kentucky went undrafted. Due to an enlarged pulmonary artery in his heart discovered in his physical examination, Conrad was not even allowed to participate in the NFL Combine.
Several weeks later, a second opinion found the medical issue to not be as significant as once thought and he was declared eligible to play in the NFL. The Giants may not have made the smartest decisions during the draft, but they made one hell of a pick up afterwards, signing Conrad as an undrafted free agent.
The weeks between the diagnosis and the second opinion had to have been some of the hardest of Conrad’s life. But anyone who knows him will say that his positive attitude carried him though. He was even positive about his future regardless of if included football or not, telling his parents, “No matter what happens, I’m a college graduate, things will work out the way they will and I’ll be successful no matter what happens.” (USA Today). That’s one of the most mature, glass-half-full outlooks you’ll hear from an NFL prospect.
And now that football will most certainly be his future, his attitude is what will keep him there and make coaching staffs fall in love with him. Even missing out on thousands of dollars from being undrafted, Conrad is still optimistic that he will make the Giants 53 man roster.
The road that led CJ Conrad to the NFL had to be one of the most emotional of anyone in his class. One second he was a top TE prospect and the next he was never going play in the NFL. That couple week span between his first and second opinions had to have been emotionally devastating. He probably even thought about applying for a couple coaching jobs. The mental fortitude he needed to stay confident that everything would work out fine shows just how strong of a person he really is.
Good luck on the Giants, CJ. All of BBN is rooting for you.
The year was 2007. T-Pain wanted to Buy U a Drank, Soulja Boy just taught us how to Crank Dat and Kentucky was about to have their most successful football seasons in a long while. Achieving a 5-1 record and #17 national ranking led the Cats to their biggest test. The #1 LSU Tigers came to Lexington for a battle they did not expect. Kentucky, however, came ready to play.
It was back and forth all game. The Kentucky greats solidified their place in Kentucky history. Names like Andre Woodson, Derrick Locke, Stevie Johnson, Jacob Tamme, Dickie Lyons Jr. and Trevard Lindley all played pivotal roles in knocking off the best team in the country. Relive the whole game here:
The craziest part about this game is that LSU actually had a quarterback that was capable of throwing the ball in Matt Flynn. And even he was no match for the secondary led by Trevard Lindley. Only posting 130 yards to Andre Woodson’s 250.
This team was destined for so much more. Reaching as high as #8 in the rankings, this Kentucky team ended up unranked with a 7-5 record. Eleven year old Wic watching this game though Kentucky was going to at least the SEC Championship, if not a BCS bowl. But Kentucky football is going to Kentucky football, especially before the Mark Stoops era.
The year was 2011. Kentucky Football was 4-7 entering the final game of the season against Tennessee. That same damn Tennessee team that had bested the Cats for 26 straight years.
With the Vols needing only one win to become bowl eligible and Kentucky missing their top two quarterbacks, Morgan Newton and Maxwell Smith, it looked all too certain that the streak would extend to 27. But then, from the ashes rose Matt Roark… a wide receiver. Joker Phillips made the ridiculous decision to have someone, who had never played a collegiate snap under center, start at quarterback. And it worked.
Roark played a third-option quarterback’s perfect game. Manage the game, move the football, keep turnovers to a minimum and let the defense take care of the rest. He threw for 15 yards on 4-6 passing and no interceptions. He ran for 124 yards on 24 carries and no fumbles. On top of that, the defense stepped up holding Tyler Bray’s Volunteer offense to just 7 points.
The final score was 10-7, UK. The best consolation prize for another season ending without a bowl appearance. Normally, Kentucky fans storm the field after beating a 5-7 team, but this game just meant more. I bet every Kentucky fan can remember where they were when we broke the streak.
If Roark’s stat line sounds familiar, that’s because it should. It is eerily close to what Terry Wilson’s was against Vanderbilt last season.