Former University of Hawaii Quarterback Colt Brennan is returning to Hawaii to start a new career.
Brennan led the Warriors to a sensational season in 2007 and has played professionally, most recently with the Arena Football League, but his father tells Hawaii News Now that a traumatic brain injury diagnosis is career-ending.
"It's just not worth it," says Terry Brennan by phone. He says his son will be looking for a job once he gets settled.
Brennan got the diagnosis during a routine physical for his new team, the Los Angeles Kiss.
Terry Brennan believes the injury came from a 2010 car accident on the Big Island.
"There was complete memory loss," says Michael Green, Brennan's lawyer and friend. Brennan had to go to rehab after the crash but believed he had recovered.
Dr. Robert Sloan of Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience says professional sports teams take brain injuries much more seriously now and likely won't take chances on a player with a medical history.
"Any kind of chronic brain injury, of course they are going to be concerned, " says Sloan.
"This has got to be a devastating time in his life," says Michael Green.
Green represented Brennan during off-field issues which included a DUI. But, he says Brennan has learned from his mistakes and has moved on. He hopes others can too and realize that Brennan played his heart out for the UH Fans.
"He gave it all here, now do we turn our backs on him?" says Green.