Heisman or not — Colt Brennan no ka 'oi
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At this point, what's left to say about UH quarterback Colt Brennan?
Well, one of two things: He won the Heisman Trophy, or he didn't.
You may already know which one. Today is the day college football awards its highest award for individual achievement. The irony, of course, is that Hawai'i's first player to get this close to the exalted honor will talk about anything — his hair, soap in the showers, his felony record — anything, that is, except his individual achievements.
Brennan behaves like the quintessential team player. He exchanged a potentially lucrative National Football League draft for the chance to lead a UH team to a perfect season. He studied Samoan, the language of some of his teammates. He gives his receivers full credit for his passing records. He deftly avoids commenting when his coach, June Jones, brags that he is the best football player in the country.
Brennan says he will "represent my team, my teammates, the University of Hawai'i and the state" at the Heisman ceremonies in New York. In short, everyone but himself.
In his long and often difficult journey to reach this moment, Brennan consciously chose to embrace the best values of our local culture: humility and mutual respect. This works for him.
But it's different for us. Heisman or not, Colt Brennan no ka 'oi.
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