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‘No one did it better’: Hawaii remembers the life and legacy of Colt Brennan

Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 9:48 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The death of UH football icon Colt Brennan sent shock waves through the sports world on Tuesday morning ― with many weighing in on his incredible legacy.

“No one did it better,” said former UH football Coach Nick Rolovich, now at Washington State University, in a post on Twitter. “He was a special soul and I enjoyed his friendship. Rest easy Colt.”

[Read more: Hawaii football legend Colt Brennan dead at 37]

During his tenure with the Warriors, Brennan electrified Aloha Stadium, bringing UH football to the pinnacle of the college football world and leaving an indelible mark on his teammates and those that witnessed his stellar playing career.

As news of Brennan’s death spread, former teammates and some of Hawaii football’s current stars took to social media to mourn.

In a post on Twitter, legendary UH linebacker Solomon Elimimian called his former teammate “one of the best.”

“Bro really had the state on his back during one of the most incredible runs,” he wrote. “Your impact was felt throughout the nation.”

Along with countless teammates pouring out their condolences for Brennan and his ohana, some of Hawaii’s current stars shared their reaction — many of whom grew up watching Brennan, inspiring an entire generation of Hawaii athletes.

Current UH wide receiver Jonah Panoke posted a heartfelt message on Twitter about how the generational talent inspired Panoke to play for the Green and Black — the wide receiver also wearing Brennan’s No. 15 jersey his freshman season.

“Thank you for the best childhood memories!” he wrote.

Along with Panoke, his teammate and UH’s breakout star from a season ago, Calvin Turner Jr., also shared his condolences for the Hawaii legend.

“Your legacy will forever live on,” he wrote.

Much is still unknown about the details of the side-armed slinger’s passing, but it’s clear his impact on Hawaii sports and the entire sports world will never be forgotten.

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