- Robert D. Manfred Jr. 1980
Commissioner of MLB
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg 1954
U.S. Supreme Court Justice
- Gary Bettman 1974
Commissioner of the NHL
- Ann Coulter 1977
Columnist, book author, political commentator
- Bill Nye 1977
Star of "Bill Nye the Science Guy"; science education advocate
- Keith Olbermann 1979
Sportcaster, news anchor, political commentator, host of "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" and "Football Night in America"
- Christopher Reeve 1974
Star of "Superman"
- Kevin Reilly 1984
President of NBC Entertainment
- Janet Reno 1960
Attorney General under Bill Clinton
- Jimmy Smits 1982
Actor on "L.A. Law," "NYPD Blue" and "West Wing"
- Bill Maher 1978
- JC Tretter 2013
First Ivy League player drafted in 2013; Played for Packers (2013–present)
- Luke Tasker 2013
Played for Chargers (2013) and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) (2013-Present)
- Bryan Walters 2010
Played for Chargers (2010-11), Vikings (2012) and Seahawks (2012-Present), Super Bowl XLVIII Champion.
- Kevin Boothe 2005
2x Super Bowl Champion- Giants 2007 and 2011; Played for Raiders (2006) and Giants (2007 - Present)
- Al Dekdebru 1946
Played for Buffalo Bisons (1946), Chicago Rockets (1947), Boston Yanks (1948), and New York Yankees (1948)
- Pete Gogolak 1964
Played for Bills (1964-1965) and Giants (1966-1975); First 'soccer style' kicker in professional American football
- Derrick Harmon 1984
Played for 49ers (1984-1986); First alumnus of Cornell University to win a Super Bowl ring (Super Bowl XIX); Inducted into Cornell University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989
- Ed Marinaro 1972
1971 Heisman Trophy runner-up; Three time All-American; Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991; Played for Vikings, Jets, Seahawks; Actor on "Hill Street Blues"
- Lou Molinet 1928
First Hispanic-American professional football player in NFL; Played for Frankford Yellow Jackets (1927)
- Seth Payne 1997
Played for Jaguars (1997-2001) and Texans (2002-2006)
- Lee Reherman 1988
Played for Dolphins; Actor on "American Gladiators" and "X-Files"
- Glenn "Pop" Warner 1894
Football player/Captain; Head coach; Founder of Pop Warner Little Scholars / Pop Warner Football
- Gary Wood 1964
Inducted into Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989 and New York Sports Hall of Fame in 1996; Played for Giants (1964-1966), Saints (1967), Giants (1968-1969) and Ottawa Rough Riders (1970-1971)