Former college football superstar Colt Brennan passed away at the young age of 37 years old, and although details surrounding his death are not yet clear, what is known is that the ex-quarterback was dealing with a tremendous amount of emotional pain.
It was later revealed Brennan was found unconscious at the rehab facility a few days earlier and passed away Monday at a hospital in Newport, California, according to the Star Advisor
Brennan was a force to be reckoned with while QB for the University of Hawaii, where he was a Heisman Trophy finalist and cemented a record that has still not been broken – highest career completion percentage in college football.
He was later drafted to the Washington Redskins in the 2008 draft, and later traded to the Raiders before heading to the Canadian Football League and finally Arena League football. His football career fizzled out shortly afterward without ever attaining the professional stardom he was seeking.
Back in April, Colt Brennan took to Instagram with a message about the many troubles he faced throughout his life.
“I’ve been through a lot in my life. I was a convicted felon for a crime I never committed, (passed polygraph and all). I captured every dream I had as a child,” Brennan wrote.
He continued, “I was drafted into the league only to have 2 knee and 2 hip surgeries. I reached my 3rd year in the NFL, only to awake from a coma with traumatic brain injury as a passenger in a car accident. I battled drug and alcohol abuse, and eventually developed blood clots years after the car accident. I spent 9 months in the hospital and for the last 2 1/2 years have been trying to learn how to walk again with a broken heart.”
Although Brennan was clearly struggling with emotional turmoil, he vowed to once again bounce back and expressed to fans that he was hopeful.
“I found redemption once, I will find it again. They say: ‘Some people are just born to fight, and it’s not their born brave or born strong. It’s just that the Universe decided that this one, this one will have the grit and fire, and the steel in their blood. They will be tested this cosmic mettle of theirs. They will face trial after trial, be broken and damaged in countless ways, but this one was born to fight.”