All-American tight end Keli McGregor learned a valuable lesson a long time ago: Hard work pays off.
One of the most prolific players to ever compete at Colorado State, McGregor was an All-American football player and an All-American person.
McGregor came to Colorado State as a walk-on in 1981, and used his work ethic to become the starting tight end for the Rams by the end of his freshman season.
After an impressive first year with the Rams, McGregor was one of the first CSU players to meet new coach Leon Fuller, who took over the coaching duties in Fort Collins prior to the 1982 season. With hard work in his first season, McGregor shed his walk-on tag in 1982. He responded with a breakthrough campaign: 36 catches for 393 yards and three touchdowns.
Used as a wingback in Colorado State's single-back offensive attack, McGregor flourished for the Rams in the next two seasons. In 1983, McGregor continued to impress his coaches and Colorado State fans.
He concluded his finest season at Colorado State by catching a school-record 69 passes for 717 yards and a pair of touchdowns while earning second-team all-WAC honors.
A remarkable senior season was in the future for McGregor, as he was named to the preseason All-America teams as selected by several national publications.
McGregor went on to catch 47 passes for 479 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Rams for a second straight season in receptions.
McGregor also had two of his best games as a Ram in 1984 as he caught seven passes for 105 yards against Wyoming, and one week later had eight receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown at Utah. He was named to second-team all-WAC for a second straight season and he received second-team All-America honors as selected by United Press International. McGregor also played in the East-West Shrine and Japan Bowl all-star games following the completion of his collegiate career.
After the best career by a tight end at Colorado State, McGregor went on to the National Football League Draft, where he was selected by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round. He later played for the Indianapolis Colts until the 1986 season, and also played for the Seattle Seahawks.
Following his professional playing career, McGregor entered sports administration, first at the University of Florida and later at the University of Arkansas. He served as an associate athletics director at each institution.
His ties to Colorado led him back home in 1993, when he joined the staff of the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club. McGregor supervised the construction of Coors Field, the team's current playing facility, considered among the finest venues in professional sports. He was the team's president.
In 1997, he was accorded another honor from his Rams' playing career, when he was inducted into the Colorado State Hall of Fame.