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Eli Manning visited with Jared Lorenzen’s son at Thursday’s game

Eli Manning had the chance to visit with the young son of the late Jared Lorenzen in a heartwarming moment during Thursday night’s preseason matchup between the New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

At halftime, Tayden, Lorenzen’s son, and his cousin Tucker Lee took part in a scrimmage between the Campbell County Red Devils and NKY Bandits. Manning took some time to speak to the two youngsters on the field, a moment later shared on Twitter by the Giants.

Lorenzen was Manning’s teammate for a handful of seasons and served as the Giants quarterback’s backup for a spell. Both Manning and Lorenzen entered the NFL the same year, with Manning as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft out of Ole Miss, while Lorenzen went undrafted out of Kentucky.

The two became longtime friends, and Manning was understandably devastated by Lorenzen’s untimely death at the age of 38 in early July.

“We came in at the same time, competed against him in college, we were friends here for four seasons, won a Super Bowl, had so many good memories, in the meeting rooms and up in Albany at training camp,” Manning told the New York Post shortly after Lorenzen’s death. “I went to the funeral and I saw his parents, to see his kids, it’s just sad. It’s just hard to kind of see that. That was tough.’’

The opportunity to meet up with Lorenzen’s son probably served as both a heartwarming and heartbreaking moment for Manning, as it probably reminded him that his close friend has passed.