Former NFL QB Colt Brennan dies at 37

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Colt Brennan, a record-breaking quarterback in college at Hawaii who had a brief pro football career, has died at the age of 37.

Hawaii News Now reported that details about his passing were not immediately available, but Brennan is believed to have been at a rehabilitation facility in California at the time of his death.

After backing up future Heisman Trophy-winner and first-round draft pick Matt Leinart in high school, Brennan was a lightly regarded recruit who bounced around from a junior college to a walk-on at Colorado to another junior college before the passing game guru June Jones recruited him to Hawaii.

At Hawaii, Brennan flourished as a three-year starter who was a Heisman Trophy finalist and remains the all-time record holder for highest career completion percentage in FBS college football.

Washington selected Brennan in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL draft and he spent two years there, followed by a year with the Raiders and then some time in the United Football League, Canadian Football League and Arena Football League.

18 responses to “Former NFL QB Colt Brennan dies at 37

  1. Wow . . .makes other football stories mean far, far less. Prayers for his family.

  2. His is a sad story. He had an automobile accident several years ago and suffered a brain injury, was never the same. I hate the way his story ends.

  3. Great College QB.

    Died at rehab facility .. likely a drug addict.

    With success comes pressure to continue to succeed.. being a bust in the NFL , likely took its toll mentally on him.

  4. Great college QB. Really great. He probably had unlimited options in Hawaii. People lived him there. Very Sad. RIP.

  5. No place for Covid in this conversation.

    Mr Brennan had a bad accident. Just because the accident doesn’t kill you, some do in other ways. RIP

    As per being great in College:Better than 99.999 % of those who played. Not everyone can make it to the top. But it’s still very cool and a great path for life. Derek Tatsuno, ironically another Hawaii (baseball) player, is THE best DI pitcher, ever. Not many ever heard of him. But again, being all world college is still extremely special.

    Condolences to his family and he traveled a path most found inspiring.

  6. Anytime I think I have had a bad day or some type of problem that seems insurmountable there is always someone worse off. Just awful what’s happened to this kid. RIP Colt.

  7. 100 percent devoted Hawaii fan.

    He was loved in Hawaii and he loved us.

    Could have went pro but stayed.

    Hawaii is crying right now.

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