Marcus Mariota remembers legendary Hawaii QB Colt Brennan

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Marcus Mariota remembers legendary Hawaii QB Colt Brennan originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

The world lost a college football legend on Tuesday.

Former University of Hawaii quarterback and Heisman finalist Colt Brennan passed away suddenly at the age of 37.

During his time in Hawaii, Brennan essentially captivated the college football world from 2005-07 and put the school in a national spotlight.

Brennan became a legend in Hawaii and was a tremendous impact on the future of Hawaii future NFL quarterbacks like Marcus Mariota and Tua Tagovailoa.

Both Mariota and Tagovailoa, both natives of Hawaii, paid tribute to Brennan in a video for Hawaii's local news station KHON.

The video shows a young 13 year old Mariota with Colt Brennan, a great age to watch his magical season where he threw for 5,549 yards and 58 touchdowns.

Mariota was also there where he led the Warriors to an undated regular season.

Here is what Mariota had to say about the passing of Brennan.

Today’s a sad day for Hawaii football. Colt Brennan was an inspiration to me and to a lot of people. Words really can’t express what he meant. Growing up I used to go to the games, I used to love watching the highlights. . . It gave me aspirations, it gave me dreams.

Marcus Mariota

For Hawaiian natives, Brennan sparked the inspiration that a lot of them needed for their football dreams.

Now that players like Mariota and Tagovailoa are in the NFL, Brennan was the first to lead the way for them.

“Today is a sad day,” Mariota continued. “I think about his family, think about the people that he impacted. The entire state of Hawaii, the community. I just wish his family the best and know that we’re thinking about him and our prayers, our thoughts, our love go to his Ohana. Again, may he rest in peace. It’s a tough day. A tough day for sure.”