Former Hawai’i star quarterback was selected in the sixth round of the 2008 Draft by Washington
Colt Brennan, who set numerous NCAA records as a quarterback for the University of Hawai’i, has died at the age of 37, his father Terry Brennan told the Star Advertiser.
His father said Colt Brennan was in the fifth month of a stay at a rehab center in California, where he was found unconscious. He died Monday at a hospital in Newport, California.
“He was doing well, the spark had returned to his eyes, he was healthy and doing very well, and it happened,” Terry Brennan told the newspaper.
Rest in aloha, Colt 💚 pic.twitter.com/wCXtCNfuyH
– Hawaii Football (@HawaiiFootball) May 11, 2021
Terry Brennan said the family was with Colt at the time of his death.
Colt Brennan’s streak of success from 2005 to 2007 helped put Hawai’i on the football map. He passed for more than 4,000 yards twice and for 5,549 yards in 2006. In that season, he set the mark for touchdown passes for a season, with 58. That record was barely beaten in 2019, by Joe Burrow.
Brennan is fourth on the all-time list for touchdown passes, with 131.
Colt Brennan never made his debut in an official game during his brief stint in the NFL. Getty Images
He finished sixth in voting for the Heisman in 2006, and third in 2007. The 2007 team finished the regular season 12-0 and 10th in the Associated Press find, before falling to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. .
Brennan was selected in the sixth round of the 2008 Draft by Washington, but injuries prevented him from playing in his rookie season and he was cut. He never played in the NFL.
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A car accident in 2010 left him with a traumatic brain injury, making it difficult for him to pursue his football career. He tried to stay in the USFL, Canadian Football League and Arena Football League, but failed.
In recent years, Brennan was involved in a series of legal incidents, including a number of arrests for driving under the influence.
In 2020, he was arrested at a hotel for causing an inconvenience while intoxicated. A few months later, he was arrested at his own home in Hawai’i for another incident during which police said he was “extremely intoxicated.”