The checks are in the mailbox.
Colt Brennan’s wish was completed when the Koolauloa Red Raiders received money to pay for new uniforms for their four Pop Warner teams (ages 8-15).
Brennan and the NFL donated an equal share to the Hau‘ula program.
“They got both checks this week,” Brennan said. “Of all of the things I’ve done, this is something I’m most proud of and most stoked about.”
Brennan learned of the NFL’s matching-donation project from a Redskin teammate. He chose Koolauloa because of his friendship with Gerald Welch, a Hau‘ula resident and former UH slot. Brennan is a frequent visitor to the North Shore. He also noted that the area has one of the highest per-capita rates of developing NFL players.
“That’s awesome for a tiny community,” Brennan said. “Pop Warner is where I found my love for football. I wanted to help, and it was a place that could use the help.”
The only thing he wants in return?
“Updates,” he said. “And a picture of the teams.”
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T.J. Alofipo will not play for UH this season. He will either grayshirt (joining the Warriors in January) or attend a junior college.
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No list of top UH defensive players would be complete without Demetrius “Doe” Henderson, who started as a true freshman on the 1992 Holiday Bowl championship team. Henderson, who played both corner and safety, has spent the past decade in Las Vegas as a rap performer and producer. He is co-president of Dynasty Records.
From the set of “Lincoln Heights,” a show featuring his cousin and Dynasty star Mishon Ratliff, Henderson took a couple of minutes to talk story with the Warrior Beat.
“I got the (nick)name when I was 2 years old. My mom was saying I loved money. I would always find money around the house.”
The magic number is 1992.
“It was a good year, a good experience. The simple fact is we were a team. We had Mainland and local players, and we had camaraderie. We had Jason Elam and Junior Tagoai and Bryan (Addison) and Maa (Tanuvasa) and Darrick (Branch). They kept the camaraderie there. … We had a really good defense. It was just a good team overall. It was great to be part of that. I remember they wanted to redshirt me that year. I didn’t play in the first two games. Then coach (George) Lumpkin came up to me and said, ‘You’re starting.’ It was a shock to me.”
The beginning of the Dynasty …
“I was always into music, even when I was playing. Nobody even knew. I went and bought my first board when I was in Hawai‘i. I taught myself. I was actually rapping. Now I’m more on the business side.”
A family business.
“Mishon is my little cousin. He plays the son of a cop on Lincoln Heights on ABC Family. He’s a singer, also. On the TV show he also sings. He signed with Dynasty Records. Mishon is the main artist. He has a new single, ‘Just A Kiss.’ You can go to mishon.net.”
Best thing about Hawai‘i?
“My children. They were all born in Hawai‘i. I have three daughters in Kamehameha. … I never got to appreciate Hawai‘i like I do now. When I go back, I really appreciate Hawai‘i for what it is. My plans are to retire in Hawai‘i one day.”
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Former UH receiver Gerald Lacey is president of the clothing line, Rich Taste.
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Newcomer safeties Aaron Brown and Michael Wadsworth worked out yesterday afternoon at Cooke/Ching field.