Former Hawai'i Heisman Finalist Colt Brennan Dead At 37


Family in California confirms to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that prolific NCAA quarterback Colt Brennan has died during the fifth month of an in-patient rehabilitation stay following multiple run-ins with the law. Playing for Head Coach June Jones with the University of Hawai'i, Brennan threw for more than 5,500 yards and 58 touchdowns in the 2006 season, finishing sixth in Heisman balloting. The following year Brennan led the Rainbow Warriors to a 12-0 season culminating in a Sugar Bowl bid. against the University of Georgia. Brennan was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, finishing third behind Tim Tebow and Darren McFadden. Brennan spent two years with the Washington Football Team and had other tryouts in the NFL, CFL and Arena League. In November 2010 Brennan was a passenger in a serious car crash, and later diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. Charged with DUI offenses in 2012 and 2019, Brennan was arrested at a Kailua-Kona hotel last August after becoming 'heavily intoxicated'.

Brennan was found unconscious several days ago at the California rehab facility and died Monday.