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Funeral arrangements for former Highlands High football star Jared Lorenzen announced

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Posted at 10:11 PM, Jul 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-06 22:12:12-04

Linnemann Funeral Homes announced funeral information for former Highlands High football star Jared Lorenzen Saturday evening.

According to their website, "a celebration of Jared's life will be on Wednesday, July 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m."

He will be buried at St. Pius X Church following the memorial service.

The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, supporters send donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for Better Health and Nutrition and the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.

Jared Lorenzen was a Northern Kentucky high school football legend who became a national and Internet sensation with his giant girth and warm, engaging sense of humor.

So it was a sad day when the former Highlands High School and University of Kentucky quarterback died Wednesday at the age of 38.

"I lost my sweet boy today after a long, hard fight," his mother texted to a friend.

Known affectionately as the "Hefty Lefty" and the "Pillsbury Throwboy" in his college and pro quarterbacking days, Lorenzen had been hospitalized with kidney and heart issues and an infection.

A statement from the Fort Thomas Independent School district expressed sympathy for Lorenzen's family and said Lorenzen will be inducted into Highlands' Athletic Hall of Fame this fall, in his first year of eligibility.

"This is a big loss for our school and community,” said Highlands Principal Matt Bertasso. “Jared represented Highlands with skill, grace and professionalism from his time at here and into college and professional career. He’ll always be a Bluebird.”