Editor's Note: Today is the third edition of a 9-day celebration of this year's Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame induction here at CUBuffs.com, profiling each of this year's inductees, leading up to Saturday's football game against Kansas State. Today, we look at the career of the multi-sport star Dave Logan. This year’s Hall of Fame festivities begin Friday, October 17, with the induction ceremonies at the Omni Interlocken Hotel & Resort (5:30 p.m. reception, with induction ceremony at 7 p.m.). The honorees will be introduced publicly at halftime of Saturday's game.
After his senior year in high school, the Cincinnati Reds drafted Logan in the 19th round of the June Major League Baseball draft. They wanted him to play infielder or pitcher. But he declined and opted to go to college.
“I sent letters to every Major League Baseball team, and at the time if you signed a professional contract you could not come back and play any sport in college,” said
“That was the right place for me to play. Coach Eddie Crowder was instrumental in getting me up there. He said that I could accomplish what I wanted to accomplish there,” said Logan of CU. “And also, having my family and friends only 28 miles down the road was good because they could come watch me play.”
Dave Logan was drafted by three different
professional leagues: NFL, NBA and MLB.
On October 21, 1972, the Buffs played host to the No. 2 ranked Oklahoma Sooners. The Buffs went on the win that game 20-14, and
“I remember when we beat
In basketball that season, he played in 13 games and averaged 12.4 points per contest.
The next season at CU, Dave Logan earned the starting wing back spot for coach Crowder’s offense. He ended up second on the team in catches with 22, and first on the team in both receiving yards with 395 and receiving touchdowns with four, which was double that of eventual first round pick J.V. Cain.
In the 1973-74 basketball season,
In the preseason leading up to his junior year, he was named a Playboy All-American for football, the first Buff to ever accomplish that feat as a non-senior (CU kicker Mason Crosby joined him in 2005). He continued to excel throughout his junior year in football where he was the team’s leading receiver with 21 catches, but he an MCL in his knee against Oklahoma State in Stillwater and had to sit out the basketball season.
With the start of the 1975 football season,
In what would be his final season of basketball at CU,
So now a decision had to be made. Which sport to pursue in pros. Logan was drafted in the ninth round of the ’76 NBA draft by the Kansas City Kings, and in the third round of the ’76 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns. He was drafted in three separate professional sports leagues, which is a feat that only he and hall-of-fame baseball player Dave Winfield have ever accomplished.
“My standard answer is ‘A moment of insanity,’ said
Dave Logan moved to
“I never spent any time in
He earned the reputation of being a clutch performer for the Browns by making plays and converting on third down. In the 1983 season,
After the 1983 season,
“Coming back to
And that is exactly what happened, after the ’84 season
Currently, Dave Logan is the radio voice of the Denver Broncos on KOA. He is also the head football coach at
“I think that seeing the development of young men, not only as players, but also as watching them grow up as ninth graders until they leave as seniors,” said Logan. “You spend a lot of time with those kids, and it is great to see how hard they work.”
Dave Logan fits the description of what an athlete is, but considering all he has accomplished en-route to the Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame, he has redefined what an athlete should strive to become.