Terry Brennan Wiki – Terry Brennan Biography
Terry Brennan is the father of Colt Brennan, is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Notre Dame from 1954 to 1958, compiling a record of 32–18. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a standout multi-sport athlete at Marquette University High School, Brennan played halfback at Notre Dame from 1945 to 1948, graduating in 1949.
After graduating from Notre Dame, Brennan coached at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago and won three successive city championships. Brennan returned to Notre Dame in 1953 as freshman football coach and succeeded Frank Leahy as head coach the following year. When asked if he thought he was too young to be named head coach at the age of 25, Brennan replied, “Oh, I don’t know. I’ll be 26 in a few months.”
Brennan got off to a good start with a 9–1 campaign in 1954 with players recruited by Leahy. In 1955, the Irish slipped a notch to 8–2. Then the roof fell in. Brennan was forced to play mostly sophomores in 1956 because of numerous injuries and the result was a 2–8 record, the first losing season for Notre Dame since 1933 and the worst in the history of the school. The lone bright spot was Paul Hornung, who won the Heisman Trophy. Many fans called for Brennan’s ouster, but the young coach was retained.
One thing that worked against Brennan was a movement by school administrators to put more emphasis on academics and less on athletics, leading to the popular notion that Notre Dame had de-emphasized football. Consequently, Brennan had to make do with players of lesser talent than in previous years, with a limit of 20 football scholarships per class, while continuing to play tough schedules. While academics had always come first at Notre Dame, Frank Leahy had carte blanche to do what he wished until the Rev. Theodore Martin Hesburgh became president in 1952. One of Hesburgh’s first priorities as president was to reaffirm Notre Dame’s position on academics.
Terry Brennan Age
Terry Brennan is 92 years old.
Colt Brennan Career
Colton James Brennan was an American football quarterback. He played college football for the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and was drafted by the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL) in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
In the 2006 season, Brennan threw the second-most passing touchdowns in one season in NCAA Division I history with 58. He holds several other NCAA Division I FBS records. Brennan originally attended the University of Colorado in 2003 as a walk-on. He spent the year as a redshirt.
On January 28, 2004, Brennan entered the dorm room of a female CU student, uninvited, and, according to the victim, “exposed himself and fondled her,” a charge which Brennan denied. Brennan, who was intoxicated at the time of the incident, was arrested and eventually convicted of charges of felony burglary and trespassing (serving one week in jail along with probation until he graduated from college), but a guilty verdict for unlawful se**xual contact was vacated by the court for lack of evidence. Brennan was court-ordered to take a polygraph test about the incident and passed. He later showed those results to Saddleback College President Richard McCullough. After the incident, which occurred during a period of time when CU was experiencing accusations of sex crimes and wild recruiting parties involving several athletes, he was kicked off the team.
Cause of Death
Colt Brennan, who set numerous NCAA records as the quarterback of the University of Hawai’i, has died, his father, Terry Brennan, said. He was 37.
Terry Brennan told ESPN that his son died early Tuesday morning at a hospital in Newport Beach, California. The day before, paramedics were called to a hotel room where Colt Brennan had been with other people. Terry Brennan said his son had ingested something laced with fentanyl and never regained consciousness.
Only hours earlier, Colt Brennan had tried to enter a detox program at an area hospital, but he was turned away because there were no beds available.
“He was really into it,” Terry Brennan said of the treatment program. “It involved a lot of physical activity and he liked it. He was working with soldiers who had come back from Afghanistan and Iraq with similar problems. He was doing quite well with it for four months. Then something happened and he went to the dark side, and it was just not good.”
Terry Brennan said family was at Colt’s side when he died.
Colt Brennan’s run of success from 2005 to 2007 helped put Hawai’i football on the map. He passed for more than 4,000 yards three times, including for 5,549 in 2006. That season, he set the single-season record for touchdown passes with 58. The record was surpassed by Joe Burrow during the 2019 season.
Brennan is fourth all-time in career touchdown passes with 131.
Brennan finished sixth in Heisman voting in 2006 and third in 2007. The 2007 team finished the regular season 12-0 and 10th in the Associated Press poll before losing to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.
Hawai’i’s athletic department put out a statement about Brennan’s death:
“It’s hard to put into words the impact that Colt Brennan had on Rainbow Warrior fans and the people of Hawai’i. He was a phenomenal player and provided us some of the greatest sports memories we’ll ever have. But he was more than that. For all that he accomplished on the football field and the adulation he received for it, he always remained among the people. He never turned down an autograph, he never turned down a picture with someone. He inspired everyone, from our Keiki to our kupuna. He had a Warrior mentality on the field but a true aloha spirit off of it. Today is an extremely tough day. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Brennan ‘ohana and we mourn together with all those across Hawai’i and Rainbow Warrior nation who were touched by Colt.”
After his time at Hawai’i, Brennan was taken in the sixth round of the 2008 draft by Washington, but injuries prevented him from playing his rookie year, and he was released. He never played in the NFL.
Washington tweeted Tuesday that it was saddened to hear of Brennan’s death.
A 2010 car accident left Brennan with a traumatic brain injury, and that made it difficult to continue his football career. He tried to catch on in the USFL, Canadian Football League, and Arena Football League but didn’t stick.
Terry Brennan said his son was never the same after the car accident, which left him with a head injury, broken ribs, and a broken collarbone. Brennan had a series of legal troubles in recent years, including arrests for driving under the influence.