It’s become fairly clear, even just by reading the comments here, that Colt Brennan established a bit of a following in Hawai’i – and, further, that those people have happily followed him to the Washington Redskins.
Hawai’i is just under 5,000 miles away from FedExField, at least as the crow flies, so through the sheer inexorable force of distance, most of Brennan’s fans are reduced to watching the Redskins on TV and hoping that the third string emergency quarterback gets some screentime.
That sort of obstacle doesn’t really apply to Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (D-HI), since her job — for fairly obvious reasons — has her working in the District. So when the Redskins opened their home schedule for the 2008 season this past Sunday, Congresswoman Hirono contacted the team and asked if it would be possible for her to meet the quarterback.
“I went to this Sunday’s exciting game between the Redskins and the Saints and had a chance to spend some time with Colt down on the field during the pre-game,” Congresswoman Hirono said in a statement. “I let him know that the entire state of Hawaii is behind him.”
Brennan was enthused about the meeting as well. “It was cool, man. It was a good experience,” he said. “She said she was going to be a big fan and try to come to the games. It was good to meet her.”
Like Brennan, Congresswoman Hirono studied at the University of Hawai’i, and like Brennan, she went to DC afterward, in her case to study at Georgetown Law. “We also talked about what [Brennan] missed about Hawaii—just being there,” she said. “But he really appreciates the experience of being on the team and how well he is being treated.”
Speaking of being treated well, I had to ask Brennan if he thought that it was at all unusual that the rookie third string emergency quarterback of a professional football team was meeting with his congresswoman before the game. “They always say that Hawai’i’s a small island and a private, kinda secret place,” he said, “so if you can establish yourself out there, anybody who’s from Hawai’i will know about you and respect you.”
Okay, sure. But the people from Hawai’i really seem to love you, you know? “I love Hawai’I just as much,” he said. “Really, it was just an honor for me to meet her.”