Former University of Hawaii quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy finalist Colt Brennan has died, according to his father Terry Brennan.
Brennan, 37, was a patient at a rehabilitation facility when he was found unconscious a few days ago. He died on Monday at Hoag Hospital in Newport, Calif.
“He was doing so well, the spark was back in his eyes, and he was healthy and doing great, and it happened,” Terry Brennan said.
The elder Brennan said his son was in the fifth month of a six-month inpatient treatment program.
“He had been doing really (well),” Brennan said. “These guys were no-nonsense guys. It just got away from him. I don’t know how else to explain it. Maybe one day I’ll be able to explain it better.”
Brennan was surrounded by family members when he died. “He went peacefully,” Terry Brennan said. “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 a fan of the reggae legend, reciting lyrics and often signing autographs, “one love.”
This is so much of what so many feared would happen as we witnessed the track that his life went down. Blessings to his family and friends. For the mere fan, the memories are of not just better times, but the best times.
I'll always remember his perfections, especially the times he threw a long TD pass and he would hug his teammates in joy. It was so real, appreciated and for me ( now) a lasting memory. CB was a great team player, very gracious and humble and not one to beat his chest as he soon be off to race and throw another one. Thank you, Colt, for all you did for Warrior football, fans and the state of Hawaii. Aloha.