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Colt Brennan Costs Himself Seven Figures


Colt Brennan promises to be among the more bloggable of the Redskins draft picks, from his time spear fishing to his celebrated graduation to his dreadlocks to his Samoan skills to his island hairstyle to the two two">distinct Web sites created in his honor to his wonderfully named girlfriend (Shakti Stream! Third pic down.).

He also is hundreds of thousands of dollars poorer than he might have been this week, as chronicled this morning by the Honolulu Advertiser:

The former University of Hawai'i quarterback's decision to return for his senior season will cost him about $1,378,500 over a three-year period.

Brennan, who was projected to be a first- or second-round pick after the 2006 season, saw his value drop after a poor outing in the Sugar Bowl, an illness that caused his weight to drop to 185 at the Senior Bowl, and a recent hip surgery....

But had he left after 2006, when he had the best statistical season by a quarterback in NCAA history, Brennan could be a richer man today.

Brennan knew that would happen heading into the weekend; here's what he told

The truth is if I came out after my junior year, I would have been drafted in the first or second round. The way I look at it, I was glad I went back to Hawaii, because what I experienced last year was a once in a lifetime opportunity....

For me it's tough. Other guys may have had great careers or even so-so careers, and they get the benefit of the doubt. I've broken every record, won big games and everyone is still looking at me and judging me; trying to find something wrong with me physically or in my game. It seems like everyone looks at me negatively first, and that's all right. I just try to turn those negatives into a positive. All I need is one team to believe in me on draft day.

At the time, Hawaii Coach June Jones said he was turning down $25 mil. That better have been one heck of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Anyhow, his drafting was the lead story on the local news, with him answering the doubts about his delivery by saying "in three years nobody's ever been as accurate as me in the history of college football." He's also promised to be "an absolute animal" and "a big ol' quarterback who can bring it."

Oh, and like every other player drafted by the Redskins, he was destined to be drafted by the Redskins. Fred Davis played on the youth league Redskins, Durant Brooks found a golf ball with a Redskins logo last weekend and Brennan won the Sammy Baugh Trophy.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 29, 2008; 11:44 AM ET
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