LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen was hospitalized recently and for the first time, information has surfaced on the severity of his health condition.

Kentucky Sports Radio founder Matt Jones has been in contact with Lorenzen’s family and tweeted late Saturday an update the family asked to be shared.

Lorenzen was taken to the hospital on Friday and immediately admitted to the ICU battling an infection, kidney and heart issues.

The statement says in part, “he is fighting with everything he has and his immediate family is by his side.”

The family says they will continue to send updates when possible and asks for privacy.

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Lorenzen played for the Cats from 2000 to 2003 and set multiple NCAA, SEC and school records for passing and total offense.

After his time in Lexington, the “Hefty Lefty” as he was called, played three years in the NFL with the New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts.

In recent years, Lorenzen had been on a weight loss journey.

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