Colt Brennan on the Cult, one last time
When I heard that Colt Brennan had been released by the Redskins, I immediately thought back to an interview he did with ESPN 980's Larry Michael and Larry Weisman last Friday. They asked him about the Cult of Colt, the name for his insanely devoted fanbase ever since that golden summer of 2008 when he became among the team's most popular players based on a few brilliant preseason moments. The Cult has dimmed in recent months -- his No. 5 jersey hanging on the discount rack for $19.99 -- but some of that love is still out there, and the followers still let Brennan know about it.
"I mean, I almost feel kind of bad sometimes, because I want to be able to go out there and give the love back by doing good on the field," Brennan said. "I've had just such great following, such great support out here. It's just been really hard to sit back and to go through all these surgeries and to just be watching.
"But it makes me that much more hungry," he continued, "it makes me that much more humble, it makes me that much more driven to try to get out there one day and give these fans something to cheer about and to kind of pay them back for their loyalty. Redskins fans are one of a kind. They're truly special, and I've gotten to see that, and I haven't gotten a chance to play a game yet."
Now, apparently, he never will, at least not with the Redskins. The Larrys also asked Brennan about the odd way that his career has marched on without him talking the field.
"I mean, it's real frustrating," Brennan said. "When you watch those old classics, you look at all kinds of guys who played -- whether it be in follies or just on NFL Network -- and you just realize how jealous you are because at least those guys can say they played in the NFL. I have yet to be able to say I played in an actual game, and so sometimes it gets discouraging, but all you can do is keep fighting and keep waiting for that opportunity....
"Four surgeries, it's been tough. It hasn't been easy. But I guess that's the upside: the only direction from right here is up. So I'm excited with the fresh start, excited with this new squad and this coaching staff and the direction we're going. All you can be is optimistic and excited about it."
And so now, the moment Donovan McNabb throws a ball into the dirt, the most popular quarterback on the team becomes....Rex Grossman? The Hex of Rex doesn't have quite the same ring.
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