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Morning Look: Colt Brennan Plays the Ukulele

On the first morning of the first week of Colt Brennan's first NFL season, the Hawaiians came out. The one group I spent time with included several out of towners from Hagerstown and Carroll County who had woken up at 4 in the morning to get to Ashburn on time, a pair of guys in green Hawaii shirts, and a pair of women wearing Redskins No. 5s.

Some of them were repping the Hawaii State Society of Washington D.C., which, wouldn't you know, has already held a backyard reception welcoming Colt to the District, in combination with the Hawaii Alumni Association. You know, pot luck meal, Redskins logos, leis, a ukulele performance, convincing the the rookie QB to get behind the microphone and rock a few Hawaiian tunes, handing him a ukulele and getting him to strum. The usual deal for NFL rookies.

"He was faking it," they admitted of the musical portion of the celebration, but still, as a proud ukulele owner, respect to Colt for the effort.

Lori Obispo of Potomac Falls (and previously of Mililani, Hawaii), one of the organizers, was wearing a Brennan jersey that she bought at Dulles Town Center. "Oh, you're the one," Colt joked when he signed it at the reception. But based on the number of comments from Hawaii fans following every single Internet mention of Colt Brennan, I'm thinking she's not the only one. Dude has fans.

After the first practice, he spent a good bit of time with the Hawaiian delegation, posing for photos for basically all of them and indulging in plenty of island talk. He told me after that he hoped he hadn't missed any other Warrior fans in the crowd. We better get some electric tailgate ukulele concerts in the FedEx lots out of this draft pick.

Early-morning Warrior fans.

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 24, 2008; 8:24 AM ET
Categories:  Morning Look , Redskins  
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The ukelele is awesome. Colt Brennan, starter for the Washington Redskins, Awesome!

Posted by: Awesome | July 24, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Colt Brennan = First Pulitzer awarded for blogging.

Posted by: | July 24, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

For those who haven't heard, Colt is Hawaii's native son by adoption. He won our hearts and has brought the Redskins a lot of fans.

Posted by: LizKauai | July 24, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

You can take the Colt from Hawai'i but you cannot take Hawai'i from Colt!

Whoo-hoo, Colt!!!

Go Warriors/Redskins!!!

Posted by: wafan | July 24, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Way to go all you DC kanaka's.
Way to go Colt! We Believe!

Posted by: d1shima-hog | July 24, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Going to be a shame when he is cut for a real quarterback, Marshall's Derek Devine.....Smelly Hawaiians.

Posted by: John Jr | July 24, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

You guys in DC have a great one in Colt. He's a great QB and a super nice guy.
Go get 'em Colt! He Hawai'i Kakou.

Posted by: Da Punchbowl Kid | July 24, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Mahalo Dan for posting a report on Colt's extended fan base in the NCR area, and the "aloha" and support he's been given and continues to get.

Any audio clip to that picture? :-)

The guy next to Colt is Kyle DeVan (Skins un-drafted signee, before release to the Jets). He was welcomed by HSS as well.

Posted by: Whitesands | July 25, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

Colt is a very nice and very talented young man. We are proud to have him represent us. Can't wait to see him play for the Redskins. Keep mentioning him in your blog - we want to know how our QB is doing. Aloha All!

Posted by: Kailua Mom | July 25, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Glad you liked the photo I took! Just want to make sure you know that it was the University of Hawai'i Alumni of the National Capital Area that hosted the welcome dinner, but that is our Hawai'i State Society 'Ukulele Hui playing 'ukulele with Colt. He could not have been more tolerant of all of us former Hawaiians, who were foaming at the mouth at the chance of having our pictures taken with him. Go Bows....oh, wait, I mean Go Skins!!!

Posted by: Vawahine | July 27, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Colt was very humble. Hey! all you local braddas and Sistas you all would have been very proud. When he came around to the fans he smiled alot and he made sure all the children behind the adults got his autograph. He really tried not to miss anyone. Colt looked great out on the field, wish you all were here to cheer him on.

Posted by: Aloha Spirits from MD | July 28, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

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