Colt Brennan, the famed quarterback of the University of Hawaii, has died at age 37, according to his father.
Brennan made a name for himself when he joined the University of Hawaii in 2005, setting many NCAA records and leading the Warriors to their best season ever. Following his college football career, Brennan was drafted by Washington in the sixth round of the NFL draft in 2008, but never actually saw a regular season game in two seasons.
The life that followed after football was not an easy one for the quarterback. Michael Green, his former attorney, told AP in 2013 that Brennan felt as though he had disappointed people with his football career. In addition, he continued to face emotional and physical pain from a car accident in 2010.
His father, Terry Brennan, claims that his son was never the same following the accident which left him with a traumatic head injury, broken bones and a broken collarbone.
In the years that followed, Brennan had a series of legal issues, including arrests for driving under the influence.
Just months ago, Brennan went to California for rehab for his injuries and had been living at an addiction treatment center in Costa Mesa.
“He was really into it,” Terry Brennan told ESPN. “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.”
The day before he had died, paramedics were called to the hotel room where he had been with others. Terry Brennan said his son had ingested something laced with fentanyl and never regained consciousness.
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