Four months ago, former University of Hawaii Warrior quarterback Colt Brennan was given another chance to make it in professional football. That gig in Canada didn't work out for Brennan after being released last month. Now, it seems the 28 year old Brennan's life has taken another turn for the worse.
After a traffic stop for speeding, the popular 2007 Heisman Trophy finalist was arrested late Wednesday night in Kailua for suspicion of drunken driving and drug possession (source - TMZ). He was released from the Honolulu jail around Noon Thursday.
It was less than five years ago that the record-breaking star quarterback for Hawaii led the Warriors to an undefeated season, a Top 10 ranking and a berth in the Sugar Bowl. In 2008, the two-time Heisman finalist was drafted in the sixth round by the Washington Redskins and signed a four-year contract (source - AOL). It was thought the 6'3" 220 pound Brennan would be a backup.
Brennan had a good initial start with the Redskins but after two years and several injuries later, the native Californian was released - surprising the Redskin fan favorite. After also being released by the Oakland Raiders, it looked like he would get a chance to play in the United Football League for the Hartford Colonials and one of his former coaches Jerry Glanville. But the team folded before the season started.
Prior to the Hartford offer, Brennan was involved in a bad car accident (as a passenger) on the Big Island of Hawaii, suffering head trauma, broken ribs and a broken clavicle. Brennan says he doesn't remember the incident or the following days afterwards.
Then earlier this year, Brennan was signed by the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Rough Riders but was released just before the season started. The report on Brennan was a lack of consistency while with the Rough Riders. Brennan then moved back to Oahu.
His attorney Michael Green states that Brennan may never have fully recovered from his injuries sustained in the car crash (source - KHON). Said Green: "I think (Brennan) suffered, whether they call it a brain injury or not, I think he did, and I think they're trying to deal with different triggers in his life that can get you to get severely depressed."
Brennan was one of the most popular players while at Hawaii. He is popular with children on the islands and this arrest will certainly be a blow. When you add this years three arrest for DUI of current Warrior players, the program has quite a few black marks to recover from.
Brennan was released without being technically charged so no court date has been set.
Said his attorney Green: "He's very, very sad. I feel sad for him."
Sources - Associated Press, University of Hawaii
Through thick and thin, Daryle has been a huge fan of college football as well as Hawaii, visiting there as a second home for over 40 years. Go 'Bows!
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