Acclaimed as the most famous Boston State College/University of Massachusetts Boston student-athlete in the 62 year history of athletics at the University, Dan Rea is currently the only athlete to receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston as he was honored in 2008 for upholding journalism's highest standards as a Boston television report. While at Boston State College, Rea was a hockey goaltender from 1966-70 under legendary Head Coach Eddie Barry's teams during the `Golden Era'. Rea also pitched for Coach Frank Murphy's baseball teams as both a starting and relief pitcher. Following his graduation, he would receive his Juris Doctor from Boston University School of law in 1974 and shortly after became a member of the MA Bar Association. Rea went on to become a member of the Boston State College Board of Trustees to become the only BSC athlete to ever serve on the board. He returned to the sporting world and became a professional sports lawyer/agent, representing many National Hockey League players including Chris Nilan of the Montreal Canadiens and Ned Harkess, former Head Coach of the Detroit Red Wings. From 1976-2007, Rea worked as an on-air television reporter for WBZ-TV and is the only former BSC athlete to have worked on the air as a reporter. The pinnacle of his career came in 2007 when he was able to help get four wrongfully convicted men released and awarded over $100 million dollars. Rea has served as a member of the Athletics Hall of Fame Selection Committee, a former Master of Ceremonies at past Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Banquets, a Master of Ceremonies at Chancellor J. Keith Motley's Annual Gala while also acting as a legendary contributor and support of the University of Massachusetts Boston for 40 years. During his professional career, Rea won two regional Emmy Awards while being nominated for a total of nine regional Emmys. He has also been the recipient of several distinguished awards including the First Annual Excellence in Journalism Award from the MA Bar Association, the Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Award, the United Press International Award for Outstanding News Reporting, the New England Academy for Televisions, Arts & Sciences Silver Circle Award, the Silver Shingle for Outstanding Public Service Award from Boston University School of Law, the Service Award from the My One Wish Foundation Outstanding, the Arc of Greater Boston Rose Perrin Memorial Person of the Year Award as well as the Yankee Quill Award from the Academy of New England Journalist which is the highest individual honor awarded by fellow journalist in the region.