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Remembering the “Pistol”

The sudden and tragic passing passing of Colt Brennan earlier this week reminds us how fleeting life can be. It also brought to mind another sports hero who died too soon.

Like Brennan, Pete Maravich was a gifted showman. He played with flair, creativity and a knack for bringing the fans to their feet. And, like Brennan, Maravich set numerous records – he remains college basketball’s all-time points leader, with 3,667 points (and he played before the three-point shot was introduced). And, like Brennan, the legend they called “Pistol Pete” had his troubles away from the athletic arena.

Brennan died at the age of 37. Maravich succumbed to heart failure at the age of 40.

Longtime Hawaii fans might remember Maravich playing in the old Rainbow Classic. He still holds the tournament record for most points in a game, with 53 (against St. John’s in 1969).

If you are too young to have watched Maravich play, check out this revealing profile of his life and career:

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