Every member of the Hawai’i football program will wear a No. 15 decal on the left side of their helmets this season in honor of late quarterback Colt Brennan, who passed away in May at the age of 37.
Brennan, who played for the Rainbow Warriors from 2005-07, broke or tied 31 NCAA records, including career (131) and single-season season touchdown passes (58) and career completion percentage (70.4 percent). He also finished third in voting for the Heisman Trophy during his senior season.
A sixth-round pick (No. 186 overall) of the Washington Redskins, Brennan impressed during the preseason before suffering a season-ending hip and hamstring injury. He was released by the team in 2010 and latched on with the Oakland Raiders, who cut him before the start of the regular season.
Brennan, who never appeared in a regular season NFL game, was involved in car accident a few months later that left him with a traumatic brain injury, broken ribs and collar bone.
He then had brief stints with the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League, Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League and Los Angeles Kiss of the Arena Football League.
Brennan had a series of legal issues in recent years, including being arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence in 2019, trespassing and causing a disturbance at a hotel while intoxicated in 2020. He was then found unconscious at a hotel room after ingesting fentanyl in May and died the following day.
It was reported that he attempted to enter a detox facility hours prior but was turned away because there were no open beds available.
Hawai’i’s season-long celebration of Brennan begins Saturday when the Rainbow Warriors travel to UCLA, which also marks the debut of their new adidas uniforms. Kickoff against the Bruins is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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