Colt Brennan, former star quarterback at the University of Hawaii, dies at 37

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How did Colt Brennan die?

Colt Brennan, a one-time Heisman Trophy finalist and star quarterback at the University of Hawaii, died of a drug overdose in Southern California on Tuesday, officials said. The 37-year-old Brennan died at 12:03 a.m. at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Newport Beach, according to Orange County coroner records. NBC NewsColt Brennan, Heisman Trophy finalist and Hawaii football star, dies at 37

Did Colt Brennan play in the NFL?

In the 6th round of the 2008 NFL draft, Brennan was drafted by Washington but did not see regular season action that year. During the 2008 Hall of Fame Game against the Indianapolis Colts, he threw for 123 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-16 win. His 2009 campaign was cut short by injury. WUSA9.comEx-Washington Football player Colt Brennan, dead at 37

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Yahoo Entertainment 11 May, 2021 - 08:20pm

Former University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan has died. He was only 37 years old.

Hawaii News Now, which first reported the news, says details of Brennan’s death haven’t yet been disclosed. TMZ Sports confirmed the news, reporting he was in southern California when he passed.

Brennan was drafted by the Washington Football Team in 2008 in the sixth round and played briefly for the Oakland Raiders, ultimately only playing three seasons in the NFL, having suffered from football-related injuries as well as a severe car accident in 2010. He later played for the Canadian Football League and had a stint with the L.A. Kiss before being cut over a brain injury from the aforementioned car crash.

In high school, Colt Brennan was a star quarterback, leading him to the University of Hawaii, where he became one of the best college QBs in the U.S. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2007, where he came in fourth in that year’s vote.

Brennan’s legal troubles mounted over the years. He found himself convicted of a felony burglary and trespassing charge, was accused of sexual misconduct during his time at the University of Colorado—which he attended before Hawaii—and was arrested for a DUI. He addressed the highlights of his career and those difficult years on Instagram last month.

“I’ve been through a lot in my life,” he wrote less than a month ago. “I found redemption once, I will find it again.”

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Former UH quarterback Colt Brennan dead at 37

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Former Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan dies at 37

Honolulu Star-Advertiser 11 May, 2021 - 12:20pm

2007 November 23 SPT - Hawaii’s Colt Brennan raises a finger in victory after an NCAA Football game between defending WAC Champions Boise State and Hawaii, Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Hawaii held on to win 39-27, capturing the 2007 WAC title and handing Boise State their only loss of the season. Honolulu Star-Bulletin photo by Jamm Aquino.

University of Hawaii’s quarterback Colt Brennan passed against NMSU at Aloha Stadium.

Former University of Hawaii quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy finalist Colt Brennan has died, according to his father Terry Brennan.

Brennan, 37, was a patient at a rehabilitation facility when he was found unconscious a few days ago. He died on Monday at Hoag Hospital in Newport, Calif.

“He was doing so well, the spark was back in his eyes, and he was healthy and doing great, and it happened,” Terry Brennan said.

The elder Brennan said his son was in the fifth month of a six-month inpatient treatment program.

“He had been doing really (well),” Brennan said. “These guys were no-nonsense guys. It just got away from him. I don’t know how else to explain it. Maybe one day I’ll be able to explain it better.”

Brennan was surrounded by family members when he died. “He went peacefully,” Terry Brennan said. “He listened to Bob Marley. His sisters had a lei around him when he was unconscious. They had the music of Bob Marley playing near his ear.”

Brennan was a fan of the reggae legend, reciting lyrics and often signing autographs, “one love.”

Brennan was the star of the Rainbow Warriors’ 12-0 regular season in 2007. He set several records and was invited to New York as one of four Heisman Trophy finalists that year. Brennan finished third in the voting.

It was Brennan’s announcement in 2007 that earned him “Colt” status. He announced he would forgo entering the 2007 NFL Draft and return to UH for his senior season. That announcement drew rousing enthusiasm throughout the state.

“I think one of the things I’ll never forget is Colt had an opportunity to come out (for the NFL draft) after his junior year,” former UH coach June Jones said in a telephone interview. “I said, ‘let me get the NFL to evaluate where you’re going to get drafted.’ They said, ‘you’re going to be a second-round pick.’ After getting that, he still decided to come back for that last year, which not many kids will do that. He had a lot of aloha for the state and his teammates. That was a pretty unreal gesture to do that for his teammates.”

That 2007 season, Brennan and his teammates became statewide celebrities. UH staged an autograph session in which lines to meet Brennan snaked from the grass practice field to the parking structure.

UH’s undefeated season merited an invitation to the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day in New Orleans in 2008. Hawaii lost to Georgia.

Brennan was selected by Washington in the 2008 draft.

In November 2010, he suffered severe injuries as a passenger in a head-on collision on the Big Island. After that, he struggled with a head injury, substance abuse and legal issues. But friends and teammates remembered Brennan for his generosity and appreciation of Hawaii’s cultures.

“The thing I loved about him is he had the biggest heart,” said Gerald Welch, a former UH slotback. “He loved the people of Hawaii. He embraced the people of Hawaii. He loved my family. He did a lot for us. He never wanted anything in return but our friendship and our love. He was probably one of the greatest who ever played at Hawaii. He brought Hawaii to heights it had never been before. He embraced the people of Hawaii. He loved to be here.”

Welch, who is Saint Louis School’s associate athletic director, remembered asking Brennan to serve as godfather to his son Slater.

“He was so excited to do it,” Welch said. “He lived with us for a time. Uncle Colt was a big brother to (my children). They took it hard. It was rough. We’re glad we got to enjoy the time we did have with him.”

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