Former Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan dies after being discovered unconscious at a drug addiction facility
Record-breaking former University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan has died at the age of 37 after being discovered unconscious at a California rehabilitation center, his family has confirmed.
Brennan was pronounced dead on Monday at Hoag Hospital in Newport, California. He was in his fifth month of rehab when he recently failed to respond, his father Terry told the US Honolulu Star Advertiser.
An exact cause of death has not been revealed, nor are there any details about Brennan’s battle with addiction.
“He was doing so well, the spark was back in his eyes, and he was healthy and doing great, and it happened,” said Terry Brennan, adding that he was surrounded by family when he passed away.
“He went on peacefully,” Terry continued. He listened to Bob Marley. His sisters had a slate around them when he passed out. They had Bob Marley’s music close to his ear. ‘
Record-breaking former University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan has died at the age of 37 after being discovered unconscious at a California rehabilitation center, his family has confirmed. In this photo from his playing days, Brennan can be seen with a map of Hawaii painted on the side of his head after a 63-6 win over Northern Colorado.
(Left) Brennan pictured during his brief stint with the Washington Redskins in 2007 and 2008. (Right) Brennan is seen on a deep-sea fishing trip in 2018
After a brief stint with the NFL’s Washington Redskins in 2008 and 2009, Brennan struggled with the traumatic brain injury he sustained in a 2010 car accident in recent years.
He continued to play professional football in both the Canadian leagues and the Arena, but was later arrested several times for offenses ranging from drunk driving to offenses to filing a false police report.
As his father told the Star Advertiser, Colt’s life in rehab had changed.
‘He really did [well], ”Terry Brennan added. ‘These guys were no-nonsense guys. It just left him. I don’t know how else to explain it. Maybe someday I can explain it better. ‘
Brennan became a late-night football sensation with the unannounced Rainbow Warriors starting in 2005, rewriting the NCAA record book when most college fans were asleep on the continent.
Eventually, when he set new numbers for touchdown passes in a career (131) and a single season (58 in 2006), fans started staying up late to see some of Brennan’s highlights against the Western Athletic Conference competition.
“Colt Brennan’s 2006 season was one of the most fun to watch in recent college football history: 5,549 passing yards and 58 TD in 14 games,” ESPN’s Field Yates wrote on Twitter. Those Hawaii games late on Saturday night were a must. RIP and condolences to his family. ‘
In 2007, Brennan led Hawaii to a perfect 12-0 regular season before losing to fourth-ranked Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. The Rainbow Warriors finished the season 19th in the country.
Brennan wasn’t very recruited after supporting future Heisman winner Matt Leinart at Mater Dei High School in Southern California.
He was later fired from the University of Colorado after allegedly entering a female student’s dormitory, exposing himself, and stroking her, according to multiple reports. However, Brennan denied those charges and a guilty verdict for unlawful sexual contact was later cleared for lack of evidence.
After being kicked off the Colorado soccer team, Brennan then enrolled at the University of Hawaii, where he immediately became a star, completing more than 70 percent of his passes over three seasons as the team’s starting quarterback.
He finished sixth in the 2006 Heisman vote and third in the following season, losing to Florida’s Tim Tebow.
Brennan’s brief NFL career led to other opportunities, at which point he had already suffered a head injury that later ended his playing days.
He played for both the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League in 2011 and Saskatchewan in the CFL the following season before his head injury was too serious to continue his career.
Brennan’s football career eventually came to an end with the Arena League’s Los Angeles Kiss in 2014, when neurological testing revealed the extent of his head injury.
“They did some tests and there were serious concerns that I was playing football,” Brennan said Star Advertiser in 2014. “I was not medically qualified to play.”