It’s been a few years, but the story of Colt Brennan is alive and well.
Drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, Brennan burst onto the scene with a brief, but extremely effective, 9-for-10 and two touchdown performance against the Indianapolis Colts in the Hall of Fame Game.
Despite never replicating his preseason debut or ever taking a regular season snap due largely to depth chart placement and injuries, Brennan was a crowd favorite (remember the Cult for Colt?) and demands for his appearance grew with every passing play.
While only a handful of the guys on the roster were present during the Colt Brennan era, recently signed cornerback Ryan Mouton played with him at the University of Hawaii and remembers vividly the Robert Griffin III-esque status he had on the islands.
Guarded by long flights across the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii’s media contingency is almost nothing in comparison to that of the Washington, D.C. area.
Of course there’s an exception to the rule, otherwise this story would have never come to fruition. That exception being the 2007 season.
Already a Heisman Trophy finalist the year prior, Brennan’s popularity skyrocketed. If his record-breaking play on the field wasn’t enough, his appearance on the cover of ESPN The Magazine garnished mainland media attention to boot.
After a brief flirt with the NFL dream, Brennan returned to Hawaii as the Warriors were expected to be a powerhouse capable of running the gauntlet on a relatively easy WAC schedule (the omission from “cupcake” being Boise State).
By the time Mouton’s interception off of University of Washington’s Jake Locker sealed the school’s first and only undefeated season, Brennan was Hawaii’s golden child.
“It was an experience,” Mouton said “Wherever we would go, people would mob him. It was like wow this guy is [like] a Pro Bowl player, but he is in college.
I talked to him when he was here. He would tell me things he was going through, and I would tell him what I was going through. It always helps to have someone to talk to. I haven’t talked to him since I got here, but I might in the upcoming weeks.”
Mouton, a second round pick in the 2009 draft, played in Tennessee the first four years of his career. Next week, he’ll enter LP Field’s visitor locker room for the first time.
“I still talk to a lot of the guys on that team. It will be interesting, but also a little bittersweet.”
It’s always difficult to reenter friendly confines for the first time as an “outsider”, but once the whistle blows it will be business as usual for Mouton. He’s part of the Redskins family now.
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