Former New York Giants and University of Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen passed away last week at the age of 38 following a brief infection.
Drew Franklin, a member of Kentucky Sports Radio and a close friend of Lorenzen’s, told Chad Millman on his Action Network podcast this week an amusing tale revolving around a popular Super Bowl prop bet.
Prior to Super Bowl XLII, when the New York Giants knocked off the previously undefeated New England Patriots, Lorenzen — the backup behind the game’s MVP, Eli Manning — had a trick up his sleeve to tip off his buddies and hopefully allow them to pocket some coin.
According to Franklin, “[Lorenzen] might have gone over to have a look at the color of the Gatorade on the Patriots’ side and texted his friends what color to bet on that year.”
The color of the liquid dumped on the winning coach is one of the more entertaining props wagered on during the big game, and Lorenzen did his best to give his friends an edge.
Only one problem. The Patriots didn’t spill any Gatorade that night. Instead, the Giants and Lorenzen walked off the field champions and doused their own coach, Tom Coughlin, with a different color Lorenzen hadn’t checked out prior to the game.
“I think he told them both colors and they just assumed the Patriots were going to win,” Franklin said.