By Russell Yamanoha
HONOLULU (KHNL) - It's a good time to be UH quarterback Colt Brennan.
Everybody wants him. The NFL wants him. Hawaii football fans want him to stick around for another year. And now, we know what Colt wants.
In making his announcement on whether or not he was going pro or staying with the UH, the junior quarterback said, "I feel like Coach (June) Jones and the University of Hawaii gave me an opportunity when no one else would. I've been a part of something special these last 2 years and I've decided to come back for my senior year."
With emotion in his voice, Colt Brennan made it official that the NFL can wait. For Colt, the college experience was just too good to throw away.
Brennan said, "The experiences I've gained with all my teammates (are important to me). We had so much fun last year and I don't want that to end. I don't think this experience is something that will come around too much in life."
The college experience is one thing, turning your back on N.F.L. money is another. But for Colt, concentrating only on dollars and cents, just didn't make any sense, right now.
"This is what I wanted to do. Everyone kept saying, 'what to you want to do' and just being with these guys and getting to experience this one more time just means a lot more to me."
Brennan's coach June Jones said, he would've supported Colt in whatever decision he made. But he was also quick to point out that, "I'm happy he made the decision (to stay in school) obviously, because I think it really does a lot for our program."
"There're not too many guys who turn down first round money like that and a chance to play your dream sport on the highest level." said teammate Ryan Grice-Mullen, "that just shows his commitment to this team.
His detractors will point out that Colt's loyalty to his school could backfire if he's injured between now and the 2008 NFL draft.
But the senior to be stares down that prospect, the same way he does a 300 pound defensive tackle.
"If I walked around fearing injury, that would hurt my game. You just have go out there and play the game and if something happens, you have to be able to adjust."
And Colt's teammates have to adjust as well.Some of them thought Colt would bolt for the NFL
"Aren't you happy he's coming back?"
"I'm definitely happy", said Grice-Mullen,
"It's just going to be a fun season next year. So everybody tune in. You know, fans, get out to the stadium early. It's going to be a fun year and that's a promise."