HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hawaii football legend Colt Brennan has died at the age of 37.
The University of Hawaii football team’s social media account acknowledged his death on Tuesday morning. A cause of death has not been announced.
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Brennan was the first player in Hawaii football history to become a Heisman Trophy finalist, among many other notable accomplishments. He was also the two-time WAC Offensive Player of the year and still holds the NCAA career completion percentage (70.4) record to this day.
Brennan also remains in the top five for NCAA records such as touchdown passes in a season (58), career touchdown passes (131) and passing yards per game (373.5).
Brennan’s decision to come back for his senior season instead of the NFL sparked UH’s 12-0 regular season in 2007, the first and only undefeated regular season in school history.
He was selected in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by Washington before a brief but journeyman pro career that also took him to franchises such as the then-Oakland Raiders, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Hartford Colonials and LA Kiss.
In a statement provided via text message to KHON2, former Hawaii coach June Jones said: “Sad day for all of Hawaii…Colt was the face of Hawaii and UH football for close to 3 years…..he brought so much to all of Hawaii….nobody will ever touch what he accomplished …..his decision to stay in school for his senior year meant so much to his teammates and the fans of Warrior football…it united his teammates and the entire state which led us to our 12-0 season and our Sugar Bowl appearance….RIP Colt.”