Record-setting Hawaii QB Colt Brennan dies at age 37

Colt Brennan, who set numerous NCAA records as the quarterback of the University of Hawai'i, has died, his father, Terry Brennan, said. He was 37.

Terry Brennan told ESPN that his son died early Tuesday morning at a hospital in Newport Beach, California. The day before, paramedics were called to a hotel room where Colt Brennan had been with other people. Terry Brennan said his son had ingested something laced with fentanyl and never regained consciousness.

Only hours earlier, Colt Brennan had tried to enter a detox program at an area hospital, but he was turned away because there were no beds available.

"He was really into it," Terry Brennan said of the treatment program. "It involved a lot of physical activity and he liked it. He was working with soldiers who had come back from Afghanistan and Iraq with similar problems. He was doing quite well with it for four months. Then something happened and he went to the dark side, and it was just not good."

Terry Brennan said family was at Colt's side when he died.

Brennan was the signal-caller of the high-flying Rainbow Warriors offense from 2005-07. He threw for 14,193 yards and 131 touchdowns in three seasons manning the Hawaii offense with his 58 touchdowns as a junior in 2006 breaking the single-season touchdown passing record previously held by Houston's David Klingler. Brennan's mark, which led him to a sixth-place finish in Heisman Trophy voting that season, was recently exceeded in 2019 by Joe Burrow, who finished with 60 touchdown passes for LSU.

Brennan followed that campaign with an incredible senior season in which he threw for 4,343 yards, 38 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Hawaii finished 12-0 in the regular season and earned a berth in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia. Brennan was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy that year, finishing third in the voting behind Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and Arkansas running back Darren McFadden.

His career completion percentage of 70.4% is the best in FBS history. He also remains tied atop the FBS record books for most career passing games of 400+ yards (20) and most seasons of 4,000 or more passing yards (three). 토토

Brennan started his college career at Colorado in 2003 but was dismissed from the Buffaloes after the season following an arrest on burglary and trespassing charges. He transferred to Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, in 2004 before joining Hawaii and putting together his record-setting career.

"He was going to come out his junior year and elected to stay, which doesn't happen very often," Jones said. "Then he took us to that undefeated season, which doesn't happen very often."

Brennan was selected in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by Washington. He spent two seasons with the team before being signed by the Oakland Raiders. He was cut by the Raiders prior to the start of the 2010 season. Brennan bounced around several leagues before giving up his football career in 2014.