Lee Reherman, Cornell Football alum and Hawk on “American Gladiators,” dies at 49

March 3, 2016 by Mark H. Anbinder

Cornell University says Lee Reherman, a member of the Big Red Football team in the 1980s and a star of "American Gladiators" in the 1990s, died at his Manhattan Beach home earlier this week.

"Lee was a standout offensive lineman on the gridiron and will be always remembered as a very tough, smart and affable guy who was loved by all those who knew him," said Marty Rauch, the chairman of the Cornell Football Association, in a statement.

After his Cornell career, Reherman had a try-out with the Miami Dolphins before battling as "Hawk" on "American Gladiators." He has since had numerous small movie and television roles.

According to NBC News, Reherman's publicist, Anthony Turk, told the Associated Press that the cause of death wasn't immediately known, but "the former athlete hadn't been feeling well in recent days after undergoing hip replacement surgery."

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