15 Star Athletes Who Had to Walk On to Their College Teams

These pro athletes are stars now, but they had to work their way to the top.

Matt Gilroy

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Matt Gilroy

Matt Gilroy might not be a household name among casual sports fans, but the dude has a pretty awesome resume.

Gilroy walked on Boston University's hockey team in 2005. He had spent most of his life as a forward, but was forced to switch to a defenseman role to better serve the team.

By his senior year, Gilroy was a team captain. That year, he led the Terriers to an NCAA championship.

Gilroy also won the 2009 Hobey Baker Award, college hockey's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. 

He then went on to play with the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators. 

In 225 career NHL games, Gilroy notched 11 goals and 37 assists.

Most recently, you may have caught Gilroy competing on the US National Hockey team during the 2018 Winter Olympics. 

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