Some of you more college-football savvy readers may have heard of Colt Brennan by now. He is the quarterback for the University of Hawaii
and just set the single-season touchdown pass record while leading the formerly Rainbow Warriors to one of their best seasons in recent memory. Until about a week ago, I had no idea that Colt was the guy at Hawaii
everyone was talking about as being arguably the best quarterback in the nation. Like, I knew Hawaii
had a stud QB, and I knew Colt was on the team, but I had no idea they were one and the same. You see,
I knew Colt Brennan a long time ago, but back then things for him were a little different.
Colt was good friends with my next door neighbor/coke dealer Tay-Tay (who was White) when I lived in Newport Beach
. So needless to say he was on our block of 50th
and River on the Balboa Peninsula
quite often, usually accompanied by a few girls who he more or less ignored. And who more or less ignored me. I had no idea who he was as at the time, just that he used to play at Colorado and was now quarterback for the esteemed Saddleback Community College
. But every time I saw Colt, it was the same rant o
ver and over again.
Colt was Matt Leinart's backup in High School and then got a walk-on gig at the University of Colorado
after graduation. As luck would have it, Colt arrived at CU right after a massive rape scandal involving a female kicker and several female students, leaving the program under the national microscope for any sort of player wrongdoing. Kind of like being at Miami
except instead of 25 years Colorado
only had to deal with it for one.
And so it was that Colt was at a party his freshmen year and some young girl invited him back up to her room, presumably to discuss the finer points of turn-of-the-century Russian literature and
the growing crisis in Uganda
. Among other things. Somehow during this meeting of the intellectual minds, Colt’s pants came off and as they did said girls' roommate walked in. Not wanting to be labeled a "slut" or "whore" and fully realizing that any accusation of sexual wrongdoing by a football player would result in immediate guilt given the current situation of the program, the girl freaked out and insisted Colt had broken into her room drunk and demanded sex, fondling her somewhere along the way. He eventually pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and trespassing, but a guilty verdict for unlawful sexual contact was thrown out by the court for lack of evidence. When I met him, he was awaiting sentencing in Colorado
, and if you've seen Colt, he's the kind of guy who does very well on College Campuses, probably not so good in prison.
had a loophole that allowed someone to leave the state during the t
ime between conviction and sentencing, and so he was in Southern California
, playing football just to play and hopefully attract the eyes of some college scouts before being sent off to the big house. Having been in a similar situation once, I could relate to Colt (though my punishment was social not penal), and spent many an evening listening to his rants and raising a Bud Light to an “Amen, brother.” There had been an article written on him in the OC Register that I sent to some friends saying that this guy is someone we all could relate to; who got screwed over by some lying tramp and now his career was ruined. Or so we thought.
watching TV the other night when my friend sent me a text saying "Your boy Colt is on ESPN." I switched over, thinking maybe the stud starter had been hurt and Colt got to get some PT on national Television. But as I turned on ESPN, I hear the commentators giving him a verbal blowjob usually reserved for the likes of Dwyane Wade or Tom Brady. Colt? Really? A Heisman favorite for next year and an assured first round pick? Wow, sometimes Karma really does work in your favor.
Of course, now that he is famous, Colt has had to tone down his indignation that spurned a line of "Free Colt" t-shirts on the CU campus. During the profile done on him at halftime, he said something to the effect of "My actions that night were stupid and there was a lot of alcohol involved and I'm not proud of it." No doubt something he has to do as a condition of
his probation and perhaps for future endorsement deals. He also got a rousing endorsement from Matt Leinart, who I hadn't believed he was really friends with until I saw this piece on TV. I'm sure Colt doesn't remember me, and were it not for the opportunity he's gotten at Hawaii
I probably wouldn't remember him. But Colt Brennan should be an inspiration to anyone who may take a major setback as the end to their dream: As long as you keep doing what you love, and you are good at it, someone, somewhere will take notice. And eventually, you will get what you deserve.
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