Actor, former Florida State football player Burt Reynolds dies at 82
Longtime actor Burt Reynolds died on Thursday at the age of 82. According to multiple news reports, Reynolds died in a Florida hospital due to cardiac arrest with his family at his side.
Most people know Reynolds for the many movies he starred in, which include multiple box office hits. He starred in “The Longest Yard” (1974), “Smokey and the Bandit” (1977) and many more.
Reynolds was also a college football player, as he played at Florida State from 1954-57. He played halfback for the Seminoles. His playing career was derailed by numerous injuries, but he was later inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame.
While attending Florida State, Reynolds roomed with Lee Corso, who serves as a college football analyst for ESPN. They remained friends after their college days were over.
Reynolds later supported the Florida State program by donating money to help buy uniforms and endow scholarships.