The Annual Keli McGregor Servant Leadership Award. This award was created in 2011 in honor and memory of the late Keli McGregor, Colorado Rockies president.
McGregor graduated as a multi-sport athlete from Lakewood High School in Colorado before starring as a four year starter with the CSU Varsity Football team as a tight end. Considered to be an undersized halfback when he arrived on campus, McGregor went from freshman walk-on to second-team all-American tight end in 1984. He grew to 6 ft 6 in and 250 lb, and went on to become an all-Western Athletic Conference tight end from 1982-1984. He set a single-season school record with 69 catches in 1983, a mark that stood for ten years. He was voted to Colorado State’s all-century team in 1992 and was named to the CSU Hall of Fame in 1996.
McGregor was selected by Denver in the fourth round of the 1985 NFL draft and played for the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts during the 1985 NFL season.
Following his retirement from football, McGregor then embarked on a career in sports administration. He was as an associate athletic director at the University of Arkansas for four years, and then assistant football coach for two years at the University of Florida from 1988–89, where he earned a Master’s degree in education with an emphasis on athletic administration.
He joined Colorado Rockies in October 1993 as senior director of operations. He was promoted to senior vice-president in 1996 and executive vice-president in 1998. He was named president of the team in 2001.
Keli was a man of incredible spiritual and leadership strength, and positively affected everyone he ever came to know.
This award carries on Keli’s Legacy as a Servant Leader, and recognizes the efforts of those administrative, business members, or community leaders who have devoted a lifetime of energy to building character traits in our athletes, coaches, and throughout our region.