Jared Lorenzen weighs in on NCAA ruling on food and student-athletes via Twitter

It should come as no surprise that a former college athlete with the nickname “Hefty Lefty” is weighing in on the NCAA Legislative Council's decision to approve a proposal to expand meal allowances to student-athletes.

Approved Wednesday, the proposal would allow Division I schools to provide unlimited meals and snacks to all athletes, including walk-ons. The measure still must be approved by the board of directors, which meets April 24.

It is expected to pass with flying colors.

One of the most outspoken remarkers on the decision is former University of Kentucky signal-caller Jared Lorenzen, 33, who was easily mistaken for a lineman during his playing days, dating back to his time leading the Highlands High School offense.

I'll tell u what the NCAA really lucked out that I don't have any eligibility left,” he posted on Twitter Tuesday night, not long after the legislative body of college athletics made its decision on the proposal that has been debated for months.

Social media users have retweeted the comment more than 6,000 times and "favorited" it nearly 4,000 times as of Wednesday afternoon.

He followed by defending himself against a playful attack from Yahoo reporter Pat Forde on Twitter that said Lorenzen could have been the NCAA's first "400 lb QB."

The colorful remark by Lorenzen should come as little surprise.

Over the years the Covington, Ky. native has received as much press for the size of his stomach as the considerable left throwing arm that earned him a multi-year stint in the NFL and and his current roster spot on the Northern Kentucky River Monsters.

The NCAA put a limit on the amount of food student-athletes could receive while Lorenzen guided the Kentucky Wildcats (2000-03), which may have played a role in keeping his weight in check. While listed at 6-4, 260 at the time, most believed he played much closer to 300 pounds.

His weight issues continued during his four-year run with the New York Giants. His infamous battles with head coach Tom Coughlin over his size made headlines on more the one occasion.

Multiple media outlets reported that the Giants gave him a range of between 288 and 292 pounds. He said during his days as a Giant that players were fined $450 per pound every day they were overweight, "So you tend to be there," according to NJ.com.

His comical size and odd appearance in a football uniform during his multi-year run with various minor-league squads in indoor leagues. There was even a photo of him posted on Twitter that apparently shows him asking a fan for some of their nachos during a game.

Still, that was quite a difference from the 320 pound he weighed during this past season in the Ultimate Indoor Football League.

While some initially considered it a publicity stunt, seeing as Lorenzen is the commissioner of the league, he quickly proved doubters wrong with his on-field performance.

During the first game of the season in early 2014, the nimble-footed QB side-stepped defenders and gracefully tossed touchdown passes in the River Monster's 36-20 victory over the Bluegrass Warhorses.

Videos of his game highlights went viral.


Sadly, his season came to an end when he broke his tibia in the Week 2 42-30 loss to the Erie Explosion. There's no indication weight played a role in the injury.

While he hasn't commented publicly on his future, most think the father of two will hang up his cleats for good. It just depends on how hungry he is to get back on the field.

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