Matt Hahn has been in the press since he tore up football fields playing at St. Anthony’s and then Penn State, but he elevated his celebrity status to another level this weekend.
According to TMZ.com, Hahn married Rachel Uchitel, former nightclub hostess and embroiled mistress of Tigers Woods, in a small Las Vegas ceremony over the weekend.
“We are really happy and feel extremely fortunate to have one another,” Uchitel, 36, told Us Weekly.
TMZ obtained documents from Clark County, Nevada, proving Uchitel and Hahn received a marriage license Sunday evening. They were wed at the famous Little White Chapel.
TMZ also reported that around 11 p.m. Sunday, the couple and about a dozen friends danced in the chapel, but did not party afterwards, instead retreating to her grandmother’s house nearby.
Hahn, 26, who majored in recreation, parks and tourism management at Penn State, has been referred to as simply a businessman in most reports about the wedding. To Long Island sports fans, however, Hahn was one of the most talented football players to ever hit the gridiron in these parts.
He rushed for 3,920 career yards at St. Anthony’s and broke the CHSFL rushing record with 2,057 yards as a senior. He was selected New York Daily News Player-of-the-Year in 2003, and was a two-time All-Long Island, All-State and CHSFL Player-of-the-Year honoree. St. Anthony’s also won three CHSFL titles with his help.
At Penn State, Hahn, who played in almost every game from his sophomore to senior seasons, morphed into a full back with great passing and blocking ability. The Penn State Athletic website described him as a hard-nosed, blue-collar player with a "team-first" attitude, who was a very effective blocker during his career. The Nittany Lions won three straight bowl games while he was there, including the BCS Orange Bowl in 2006.
He signed with the Oakland Raiders in May 2008 and had a brief stint with the club in camp, but nothing ever came of it.
Uchitel, of course, made headlines after her name was plastered in the media for having an affair with golfer Tiger Woods.