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Former College Football Superstar Dies at 37

Hawaii News Now is reporting that former college football superstar, Colt Brennan, has died at the age of 37.

Terry Brennan, Colt’s father, told the Star-Advertiser that his son was in his fifth month at a rehabilitation facility in California when he was found unconscious a few days prior to Monday.

Colt's father told the newspaper "He was doing so well, the spark was back in his eyes, and he was healthy and doing great, and it happened."

The father also said Brennan was surrounded by family members when he died. “He went peacefully. 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 most remembered for his run with the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors during the 2007 season when he quarterbacked a Hawaii team that went undefeated in the regular season and rose all the way to no. 10 in the AP poll.

Brennan would finish third in the Heisman behind Tim Tebow and Darren McFadden after throwing 58 touchdowns, and putting up 5,549 yards with a 72.6% completion percentage, doing much of his damage with future-NFL wideout Davone Bess.

Brennan’s 58 touchdowns were an NCAA record until LSU’s Joe Burrow broke the record in 2019, albeit playing in 15 games compared to Brennan’s 13.

Hawaii would end up losing their perfect season in the Sugar Bowl against a powerful no. 6 ranked Georgia team that featured NFL players the likes of Matthew Stafford, Knowshon Moreno, Mohamed Massaquoi, and Geno Atkins.

Brennan would finish 6th in Heisman voting the following season.

When Brennan ended his storied career he was fourth all-time in career touchdown passes, sixth all-time in passing yards, second in completion percentage, eighth in passer rating, and has the record for the most 400-yard games.

Brennan was drafted by the formerly known Washington Redskins in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, leading all rookies in touchdowns, yards, and completion percentage in the preseason, but was placed on injured reserve right before the season began with a torn hamstring and hip injury. The injury would ultimately end his career.

Brennan would never appear in a regular-season NFL game.

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