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




“He had been in a long-term rehab center,” Brennan’s sister, Carrera Shea, told CNN on Tuesday. “Unfortunately, it fell through.”

Brennan, 37, was pronounced dead at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, according to the Orange County coroner. The Costa Mesa police department told CNN that Brennan was taken to hospital due to an overdose.

After a shaky start to his college football career, Brennan moved to the University of Hawaii in 2005, where he was the starting quarterback for three seasons. Brennan set the NCAA record in touchdown passes in a single season with 58 in 2006. That record was overshadowed by LSU’s Joe Burrow in the 2019 season. Despite being a candidate for the Heisman Trophy in his first year, Brennan opted to stay in Hawaii during his final year of eligibility.

“Colt was clearly the star of our show,” former Hawaii coach June Jones said in a statement released by the school, “and what he did after the 2006 season by staying in the school, said a lot about him and how he cared so much more about Hawaii and his teammates. “

Colt Brennan on November 23, 2007, celebrating after an NCAA college football game in Honolulu.

“He loved Hawaii,” Shea said. “It was a mutual relationship. They really accepted him and became his family. Those were some of the best moments of our lives, really.”

After college, Washington picked Brennan in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Although he performed strongly in preseason appearances, Brennan never played in a regular NFL season game.

After hip surgery and hamstring injuries, he was left out in 2009, the team released Brennan in 2010. He later signed with United Football League, Canadian Football League and Arena Football League teams.

The Rainbow Warriors of Hawaii has tweeted tributes in Brennan, with current head coach Todd Graham saying, “Hawaii’s football program is deeply saddened by the news of Colt Brennan’s passing. A great warrior legend, rest aloha.”

“I think he had the biggest heart,” Shea said, “and I think a lot of people are affected by his death because they really loved him.”