That was the title of a futuristic movie about people in space a few decades ago, but in addition to the obvious play on words, “Logan’s Run” seems an apt description of the remarkable career of Denver Broncos play-by-play announcer Dave Logan.
I recently asked Media Relations Coordinator Erich Schubert to do a little research on an idea I had, and he and 2010 public relations intern Stuart Zaas did the heavy lifting on my brainstorm, which we will get to in just a bit.
Most Broncos fans are aware that Dave Logan was one of the state’s greatest prep athletes ever at Wheat Ridge High School and that he followed that up with a superlative career at the University of Colorado.
Logan played for a decade in the National Football League, going to the Pro Bowl once as a Cleveland Browns wide receiver and finishing up his career in his home town of Denver as a Bronco.
I still remember the day I was standing in Dan Reeves’ office and he mentioned to me that we were going to cut Dave, but that it was really “no big deal.”
I remember thinking to myself, “Dan, Dave is one of the great schoolboy players in Colorado history and this will be a real big deal.” And it was.
The fans lit up our switchboard and the talk radio shows with complaints and protests.
But Dave moved on and became a talk show host himself, of course, eventually being asked to join the Broncos broadcasts as a color man by Larry Zimmer.
Both are in the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, and no one could argue with either selection.
When Dave became the Broncos’ play-by-play voice for our games (as opposed to color commentary, and there is a big difference) he took another huge step in Logan’s Run, because there are very few ex-players in the history of pro football to become play-by-play announcers. Actually, I can only think of one — Pat Summerall, ex-New York Giants placekicker — in addition to Dave. Logan is the only ex-NFL player doing play-by-play for a team currently, and I am not able to find one other in league history. Summerall does his work for the networks, of course.
Any list that only has two guys on it is both short and notable.
But now, to the point of our research. I was sitting with Dave at the Colorado Rockies’ home opener this year, chatting about this and that, and I suggested to him that regardless of how much credit he has received as a high school football coach, it has not been enough. He has been and remains unappreciated for his prep coaching accomplishments.
That changes right here, right now.
Following up that conversation, I asked Erich and Stuart to do state-by-state research on this one question: at the highest level of high school football play in the state, has any one man ever won five state championships coaching at three different high schools, winning at least one title at each school?
I vividly remember being at the funeral of Dave’s father, who coached youth teams for much of his adult life, and think frequently of Dave telling me how much he felt compelled to give back to kids, to helping youth through sports both for their benefit and as a tribute to his late father.
Dave started his high school coaching career at Arvada West, then went on to Chatfield before his current role heading the Mullen program. He won his first crown at Arvada West and his second in turning the Chatfield program around. Of course, his three titles at Mullen have made the Mustangs our state’s most recent prep dynasty. It is hard to win a championship at any level of play. Doing it is a remarkable feat. Being a regular participant in state title games is the stuff of legend.
The answer is that in all of American high school football history, Dave Logan is the only coach in any of the 50 states to have won five state championships at the highest level of play with three different schools, at least one championship at each school.
The 50-state research yielded only one coach who even came close to what Dave has done.
In the state of North Carolina, a high school coach named Bobby Poss won four titles at three different schools, but Coach Poss is now retired.
So while the accomplishment is itself a marvel, the coach most likely to challenge the record is the man who owns it, by adding onto it himself.
Think about that for a moment.
In 100-plus years of high school football, Dave Logan is the only coach to ever accomplish that feat. That comes after an NFL career when he was a Pro Bowl wide receiver, which comes after a great college career and a great high school football career. And to top it all off, he is virtually the only former player to serve as a play-by-play announcer. That’s pretty remarkable.
Logan’s Run, indeed.
You’ve done great, Dave. Your father would be proud, and so are the Denver Broncos.
Now, go get ready for 2010.