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

Oct 12, 2007; San Jose, CA, USA; Hawaii Warriors quarterback Colt Brennan (15) on the sidelines during the first quarter against the San Jose State Spartans at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, CA. Hawaii won the game 42-35. Mandatory Credit: Phil Carter-US PRESSWIRE

Former standout college quarterback Colt Brennan died this week in a California hospital, his family confirmed to CNN.

“He had been in a long-term rehab facility,” Brennan’s sister, Carrera Shea, told CNN on Tuesday. “Unfortunately, he relapsed.”
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 the hospital due to an overdose.

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

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

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