After his tragic passing last week, former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen's family and the greater Wildcat community have received a tremendous outpouring of support.
"I guess you can say he was a legend and in the state of Kentucky, and for me, it's important to pay respect to those who came before me, whether they played for the University of Kentucky or Louisville", Brown told Patricia Traina of Forbes. Lorenzen was the quarterback of the United Kingdom football team and was signed by the New York Giants in 2004.
This isn't the first time Brown has helped fund a funeral, as he also covered the funeral costs of a one-month-old boy killed in Louisville in May.
"The rivalry between the schools is intense, and it's great, but at the end of the day, all that doesn't matter". Two other former Louisville stars, Deion Branch and Chris Redman, are also making contributions, according to the piece. "What matters is that you remember that we're all in this game of life together, whether you played for the blue or the red". Brown recently signed a three-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons.
Jared Lorenzen occupies a special place in Kentucky history.
Lorenzen died after battling kidney and heart issues as well as an infection, his family announced Wednesday.
Weighing in at 260 pounds during his Kentucky career and nicknamed the "Hefty Lefty", Lorenzen gained fame through his size and quarterback play for a program that peaked at just seven wins for a season during his career. He earned a Super Bowl ring while playing with the New York Giants in 2008.
A celebration of Jared's life will be on Wednesday from 2 p.m.to 6 p.m., with a Christian burial service following at 6 p.m.at St. Pius X Church in Edgewood, Ky.