For even the most celebrated of college athletes, making the move to the professional ranks is one that doesn’t come easy - especially if you feel NFL talent evaluators failed to recognize your skills and you end up barely getting a job. So Colt Brennan, who appeared on MidWeek‘s cover in August 2006, did just what he did as a newcomer at UH - work hard, take a back seat and earn acceptance. The plan worked wonderfully as both fans and team-mates came to know the Hawaii recordholder.
Though Colt has yet to crack Washington’s starting lineup, the former Warrior still has a lot of admirers in D.C., which led to an offer to score one of the most difficult-toget tickets in the nation’s capital - an invitation to the Hawaii State Inaugural Ball.
“Being in D.C., being at one of the biggest events in history, it was exciting to be a part of, so I jumped on the opportunity. It was amazing,” he says.
In addition to his return for some much-needed relaxation, the Redskins’ quarterback also will be taking part in a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Hawaii. Colt was approached about the event by Tim Lee, whose nephew Jordan (pictured above with Colt, niece Leina and brother-in-law Jonathan Hinds) is a Burkitt’s lymphoma survivor.
“When I looked at it, I realized that here was a genuine offer to do something good and to benefit a really important issue,” he says. “That was the thing I liked the most. I really wanted to give back, and this was one of the best things I’ve been offered to do in a long time. I was excited about that, especially to come back to Hawaii. It should be a great night, and I’m really excited. Everybody seems excited, and I can’t wait to get out there and get started.”
The event happens Feb. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Willows restaurant. Individual tickets cost $200 for “Players” VIP room seating and $100 for open seating in the outdoor courtyard. “Warrior” tables of 10 cost $2,250. Autographed helmets, jersey and other memorabilia from Colt and other former Warriors will be available, including a limited-edition “An Evening with Colt Brennan” poster featuring his signature. Also in attendance will be Miami Dolphins receiver Devon Bess, UH coach Greg McMackin and Miss Hawaii USA Aureana Tseu. Cancer survivor and broadcaster Jim Leahey also will speak at the event. For tickets or more information, call The Willows at 952-9200.
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