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Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni

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List of famous alumni from University of Nevada, Reno, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of Nevada, Reno include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of Nevada, Reno alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of Nevada, Reno are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from University of Nevada, Reno.

Items on this list include Gina Carano and Benjamin Wade.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Nevada, Reno?” and “Which celebrities are University of Nevada, Reno alumni?”
  • 26

    Frank Hawkins

    Politician, American football player


    BirthplaceLas Vegas, Nevada

    Frank Hawkins, Jr. (born July 3, 1959) is a former professional football player, a running back who played seven seasons in the NFL with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, from 1981 to 1987....  more
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    Charles H. Russell

    Politician, Teacher

    AgeDec. at 86 (1903-1989)

    BirthplaceLovelock, Nevada, United States of America

    Charles Hinton Russell (December 27, 1903 – September 13, 1989) was an American politician. He was the 20th Governor of Nevada. He was a member of the Republican Party....  more
  • 28

    Jeff Rowe

    American football player


    BirthplaceReno, Nevada

    Jeff Rowe (born March 21, 1984) is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Nevada. He...  more
  • 29
    Jim Vogt brings to Trapeze Networks over 20 years of business and technology experience in the voice and data network and communications market place. Prior to joining Trapeze, Jim was president and...  more
  • 30

    Nate Burleson

    American football player


    BirthplaceCalgary, Canada

    Nathaniel Eugene Burleson (born August 19, 1981) is an American football commentator and former wide receiver. He played college football for the Nevada Wolf Pack and was drafted into the National...  more
  • 31

    Ed Sharkey

    American football player


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Edward Joseph Sharkey (July 6, 1927 - December 13, 2015) was a National Football League linebacker for the New York Yanks, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, and the San...  more
  • 32

    Chris Dickerson

    Baseball player


    BirthplaceHollywood, Los Angeles, California

    Christopher Charles Dickerson (born April 10, 1982) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, New...  more
  • 33

    Barrik Van Winkle

    Barrik Van Winkle is an American linguistic and legal anthropologist who has done research on the language and culture of the Washoe Nation and on gang violence in the United States. He received a...  more
  • 34

    Jill Derby


    BirthplaceNevada, United States of America

    Jill Talbot Derby served from 1988 to 2006 as an elected Regent for the Nevada System of Higher Education, serving three terms as Board Chair. She ran as the Democratic candidate for the open seat of...  more
  • 35

    Kirk Snyder

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    For the USC professor, see Kirk Snyder (author). Kirk Patrick Snyder (born June 5, 1983) is an American former professional basketball player....  more
  • 36

    Colin Kaepernick

    Athlete, American football player


    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    Colin Rand Kaepernick ( KAP-ər-nik; born November 3, 1987) is a former American football quarterback known for his political activism regarding police brutality and racism against African-Americans...  more

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  • 37

    Charles Mann

    American football player


    BirthplaceSacramento, California

    Charles Andre Mann (born April 12, 1961) is a businessman and former American football player. He played as a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins and San...  more
  • 38

    Shar Pourdanesh

    American football player


    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    Shahriar Pourdanesh (born July 19, 1970) is a former American football offensive lineman who played in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Oakland...  more
  • 39

    Horace Gillom

    American football player

    AgeDec. at 64 (1921-1985)

    BirthplaceRoanoke, Alabama

    Horace Albert "Big Horse" Gillom (March 3, 1921 – October 28, 1985) was an American football punter and end in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and National Football League (NFL). He played...  more
  • 40

    Terry Hermeling

    American football player


    BirthplaceSanta Maria, California

    Terry Allen Hermeling (born April 25, 1946) is a former American football offensive lineman for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He helped the Redskins win the 1972 NFC...  more
  • 41

    Derek Kennard

    American football player


    BirthplaceStockton, California

    Derek Craig Kennard (born September 9, 1962) is a former American football guard and center in the National Football League for the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, and Dallas...  more
  • 42

    Maurice Mann

    American football player


    BirthplaceSanta Clara, California

    Maurice Mann (born September 14, 1982 in Santa Clara, California) is a former Canadian football wide receiver in the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth...  more
  • 43

    Vic Carroll

    American football player

    AgeDec. at 74 (1912-1986)

    BirthplaceAlhambra, California

    Victor Eugene Carroll (November 19, 1912 – July 6, 1986) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for the Boston/Washington Redskins and the New York Giants. ...  more
  • 44

    Johnny High

    Basketball player

    AgeDec. at 30 (1957-1987)

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    Johnny Harold "Sky" High (April 25, 1957 – June 13, 1987) was an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA. He spent four seasons with Phoenix and missed only one game...  more
  • 45
    Sheila Leslie (born November 6, 1955) is an American politician. Leslie was a Democratic member of the Nevada Senate, represented the Washoe County District 1 from 2010 to 2012. She was a member of...  more
  • 46

    AgeDec. at 86 (1926-2012)

    BirthplaceReno, Nevada, United States of America

    William Raggio (October 30, 1926 – February 23, 2012) was an American politician and a former Republican member of the Nevada Senate. He represented Washoe County's 3rd district from 1972 until his...  more
  • 47

    John Dutton

    American football player


    BirthplaceNewport Beach, California

    John Dutton (born September 20, 1975) is a former Arena Football League quarterback. He was drafted out of University of Nevada, Reno in the 6th round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. In...  more
  • 48

    Rishard Matthews

    American football player



    Rishard Andre Matthews is an American football wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Nevada. He was drafted by the...  more
  • 49

    John Etchemendy



    BirthplaceReno, Nevada

    John W. Etchemendy (born 1952 in Reno, Nevada) is an American logician and philosopher who served as Stanford University's twelfth Provost. He succeeded John L. Hennessy to the post on September 1,...  more
  • 50

    Eric Sanders

    American football player


    BirthplaceReno, Nevada

    Eric Sanders may refer to: Eric Sanders (American football player) (born 1958), guard and tackle in the National Football League Eric Sanders (American football coach), American football coach Eric...  more