Hey Reb!

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Hey Reb!
University University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Conference Mountain West
Description Anthropomorphic mountain man
First seen 1983

Hey Reb! is the mascot for the UNLV Rebels, the athletic teams of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Paradise, Nevada, USA.[1][2][3] He performs live at all UNLV athletic events. Hey Reb! is an anthropomorphic mountain man who wears a gray hat with a scarlet band around it.[4] The mascot was first created in 1983 to depict the embodiment of an independent, rebel spirit at UNLV athletic events.[5][6] He is always seen wearing a UNLV jersey with the number 57 on it, to commemorate the University's founding in the year 1957. In 2004, Hey Reb! was named one of 12 All-American Mascots, and was given a chance to compete for the Capital One Bowl mascot of the year as part of the Capital One Mascot Challenge,[7] finishing second in the online voting.[1] Hey Reb! has also been featured in two national commercials for ESPN's SportsCenter.[1] In 2013, Hey Reb! and Jon "Jersey" Goldman, the UNLV student who wears the costume to portray him, were featured in the Hulu documentary series Behind the Mask.[8][9][10] The series followed four mascots, and the people who portrayed them, both inside and outside of the mascot costume.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Hey Reb!". UNLVRebels.com. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  2. ^ "My day with UNLV's Hey Reb". Las Vegas Weekly. March 15, 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  3. ^ "After Six Years, Jon “Jersey” Goldman Takes Off the Hey Reb! Suit". virtual-rebel.com. July 1, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  4. ^ "UNLV's 'Hey Reb' mascot hangs up his Big Head". Los Angeles Times. March 10, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  5. ^ "Mascot/Spirit Mark". University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  6. ^ "The man behind the mustache: Hey Reb driven by passion for UNLV sports". Las Vegas Sun. November 17, 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  7. ^ "Capital One Mascot Challenge History". CapitalOneBowl.com. Archived from the original on March 14, 2014. Retrieved 2012-11-14. [dead link]
  8. ^ "“Hey Reb” Stars in Mascot TV Series". KXNT. October 29, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  9. ^ "Team mascots are game for a demanding gig in ‘Behind the Mask’". Daily News. October 29, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  10. ^ "S. Jersey native stars in 'Behind the Mask'". philly.com. October 30, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  11. ^ "Hulu series goes behind-the-mask of UNLV’s Runnin’ Rebels mascot Hey Reb". Las Vegas Sun. October 22, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 

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