Former College Football Star, NFL Dud and Car Accident Victim, Colt Brennan, Signs Contract to Play in the UFL

A little more than six months ago, Colt Brennan was lying in a hospital bed in Hawaii, listed in serious condition. Today it was announced that Brennan will be returning to football, having signed a contract with the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League (UFL).

Brennan, who grew up in Irvine and played behind Matt Leinart at quarterback at Mater Dei High, has had an up and down football career, but he sees the UFL as a chance to return to the NFL. Brennan had a short-lived stint in the NFL after being drafted in 2008.
“The UFL over the last two years has maintained a respect level and has done a lot of things to help a lot of players get back to the NFL. That's my ultimate goal,” said Brennan, in the statement released by the team.


The UFL is seen as a sort of minor league or junior-varsity or developmental league to the NFL, though there is no true association between the two. The league has only been in existence since 2009 and has five teams in cities the NFL doesn't have teams: Hartford, Las Vegas, Omaha, Sacramento and Virginia.

Many UFL players have played at major college programs, and some have even had rather successful careers in the NFL. Notable UFL players include former Ohio State star (and troubled) running back Maurice Clarett, former Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper, and former Buccaneers defensive end Simeon Rice. For some players its a chance to be noticed, to spring back to the NFL or to continue a playing career when their talents have fizzled.

For Brennan, it will be about just getting back to the sport he loved.

“With so much that I've had to go through over the last couple of years, I'm just really thankful that I have a place to play football this year,” Brennan also said in the team statement. “I'm so excited at the opportunity and potential of being a starting quarterback in a real football game. That hasn't happened in over three years. I cannot wait. If I get an opportunity to be a starter in a real football game, it will probably be a memory and a moment that lasts me a long time in my life after all I've been through the last three years.”

After seeing little playing time at Mater Dei, Brennan walked-on to the team at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He ruined that opportunity when he was convicted of felony burglary and trespassing, following an incident where he was alleged to have entered a woman's dorm and fondled her. He was said to have been drunk at the time. Charges of sexual assault were later dropped due to a lack of evidence. 

After a short time playing at Saddleback Community College, Brennan walked-on to the team at the University of Hawaii, where he ended up having a prolific three-year career, setting an array of offensive records, some of which still stand. 
Brennan was drafted 186th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. After a strong preseason, he had to have knee surgery and was released from the team prior to the 2010 season. He was then signed by the Oakland Raiders, but was cut just a month later.
In Nov. 2010, Brennan was in the passenger seat of his 1996 Toyota SUV, with his girlfriend driving, when the vehicle swerved into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with another vehicle. All three persons involved in the accident were rushed to the hospital and listed in serious condition. 

Players are scheduled to report to training camp on July 12. Brennan will be competing for playing time with Jerrod Johnson, a former Texas A&M standout, who was the No. 1 overall pick by the Colonials in the 2011 UFL Draft. The 10 week season begins just about a month after training camp.

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