The late Jared Lorenzen had a much bigger impact on the Giants than one might have thought.
Despite attempting just eight passes in his career, Lorenzen played a significant role in arguably the greatest play in Giants' history.
In Super Bowl XLII against the undefeated Patriots, Eli Manning escaped the grasp of the Patriots' pass rush to find David Tyree down field for the famous Helmet Catch, but Manning may not have been able to make that escape if not for Lorenzen.
Old practice footage shows the Giants quarterbacks practicing a drill they worked on every day that season where Manning would drop back and Lorenzen would be there attempting to tackle and strip the ball away from him.
"All the work I had with Jared Lorenzen, I think that was a big help getting out of the pocket," Manning said in an NFL Films clip. "You had to move around and the other quarterbacks would try to strip the ball out. Lorenzen took it to the next level like he was the D-tackle trying to get the sack."
Lorenzen passed away on Wednesday at the age of 38 after being hospitalized due to heart and kidney failure. The "Hefty Lefty" played two seasons in the NFL with the Giants serving as Manning's backup.
"Jared was a great teammate and friend," Manning said in a statement. "We competed against each other in college and came to the Giants together. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I will always remember his competitive spirit and his good nature. Jared has left us all way to soon."