In case you were looking for a storyline to follow in this year’s Super Bowl, you probably aren’t looking hard enough. There’s plenty. One that I have found specific interest in, however, is one that ESPN has blatantly overlooked. While there’s so much talk surrounding Eli Manning and his campaign to be the second Manning brother in two years to win the Lombardi Trophy, I’m more concerned about fitting a championship ring on the chubby fingers of back-up quarterback Jared Lorenzen.
Shawne Merriman. Jason Taylor. Brian Urlacher. Patrick Kerney. What do all these names have in common? They all weigh less than the round mound of touchdown, Jared Lorenzen. Lorenzen’s weight, which is now at 285, had once ballooned to over 300 pounds. For a quarterback! Doesn’t arm flab get in the way of a perfect throwing motion? Not for Lorenzen. This guy attacks a buffet like he attacks the Eagles secondary; with reckless abandon. Doesn’t weighing 300 pounds bring a new definition to the phrase “not so mobile quarterback.” Somewhere, Drew Bledsoe is laughing his ass off right now.
So when you sit down this Sunday to watch the Super Bowl and the camera pans to the Giants sideline, find number 13. He’s not hard to miss and I guarantee you’ll double take and realize that he’s not a lineman. Nope. He’s the back-up quarterback for the New York Giants. And even though he probably won’t play Sunday and, hell, probably won’t play anytime in the near future, let’s cheer for Lorenzen to get a ring. He’s the biggest guy not playing and deserves it.