Earlier today, the Hawaii football team took the field for the opening game of their 2021 season. And in doing so, the program honored the life of former Rainbow Warriors superstar Colt Brennan.
During today’s matchup against UCLA, each Hawaii player sported a No. 15 decal on their helmet — the same number Brennan wore on his jersey during his time with the program.
In May, Brennan passed away at the age of 37 from a fentanyl overdose in a Southern California hospital.
— Hawaii Football (@HawaiiFootball) August 27, 2021
Through three seasons with the Rainbow Warriors, Colt Brennan lifted the Hawaii program to new heights — logging 14,193 yards and 131 touchdowns on an efficient 70.4 completion percentage.
The late QB ranks second in all-time total touchdowns with 146. His 131 passing touchdowns rank fourth all-time and his 14,193 passing yards rank sixth. He currently holds the record for most games with more than 400 passing yards (20) and most touchdowns in two consecutive seasons (96).
Brennan grew up in Laguna Beach, California, about an hour south of the Rose Bowl Stadium where today’s game took place.
The Rainbow Warriors fell to the Bruins 44-10 after giving up 24 points in the first quarter. While this certainly wasn’t the outcome Hawaii hoped for, their touching tribute for Brennan was one of those bigger-than-football gestures.
The Rainbow Warriors will look to bounce back in next week’s matchup against Portland State.