A former college football star who became one of the mainstays on “American Gladiators” has died. The AP reports that Lee Reherman, who became known as “Hawk” on the NBC competition show, was found dead Tuesday at his home in Manhattan Beach, Calif. He was 49.
His cause of death was not known, but he reportedly had not been feeling well after hip replacement surgery. The AP report says he died Tuesday, while other media reports indicated Reherman died Monday.
“A standout offensive tackle at Cornell University who also had a tryout with the Miami Dolphins, Reherman wasn’t just the huge, grappling athlete viewers saw on ‘American Gladiator.’ He was a scholar as well,” the AP reports. “After graduating with honors from Cornell, he earned a master’s in business administration and was pursuing a doctorate in economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, when ‘American Gladiators’ came calling.”
Reherman, who stood 6-foot-4, quickly became a fan favorite on the show. Here’s a clip of Reherman as “Hawk” on “American Gladiators” …