Cecil was one of the most talented athletes ever to compete for the Mustangs. He received All-American honors in football and track and his individual accomplishments are unsurpassed.
In 1967 Cecil won the 100, 220, long jump, anchored the winning 440 relay team and individually scored enough points to win a National Championship for Cal Poly. His senior year, Cecil was recognized as one of the top 10 sprinters in the world and passed up a chance to be on the Olympic team to pursue a professional football career.
He was drafted in the fifth round by the Chicago Bears. He went on to start for the Bears his rookie year as a wide receiver and also played on all the special teams. In 1970, he was an All-Pro performer and tied an NFL record for the most touchdowns on kick-off returns in one season.
His personal best times are: 9.4 in the 100 yard dash, 25' 11/4" in the long jump, and 40.8 as a member of the 440 yard relay team.