Randy Logan

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Randy Logan
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Logan returns and interception for a touchdown against Tulane, 1972
No. 41
Position: Strong safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1951-05-01) May 1, 1951 (age 63)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL draft: 1973 – 3rd round – 55th pick
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Consensus first-team All-American (1972)
Career NFL statistics as of 1983
INTs: 23
Yards: 293
Touchdowns: 0
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Randolph "Randy" Logan (born May 1, 1951) is a former American football player. He played 11 seasons as a free safety in the National Football League (NFL) for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1973 to 1983. He was a second-team All-NFL player in 1980, and his streak of 159 consecutive games is the second longest in Eagles history. Logan played college football at the University of Michigan from 1970 to 1972 where he was selected as a consensus first-team defensive back on the 1972 College Football All-America Team.

Early years[edit]

Logan was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1951. He attended Northern High School in Detroit.[1] He was the first football player from his school to win a scholarship to a Big Ten Conference university.[2]

University of Michigan[edit]

Logan enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1969 and played college football for coach Bo Schembechler's Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1970 to 1972.[3] As a sophomore, he played as a backup at the wingback position and carried the ball six times for 27 yards, an average of 4.5 yards per carry.[4]

As a junior, Logan started 11 games at strong safety for the 1971 Michigan Wolverines football team that gave up only 83 points (6.9 points per game) and finished with an 11-1 record, going undefeated in the regular season before losing to Stanford, 13-12, in the 1972 Rose Bowl.[5] Logan had 63 tackles during the 1971 season, including a career-high 12 tackles in the 1971 season opener against Northwestern.[4]

As a senior, Logan was the co-captain and starter in all 12 games at the "wolfman" position (a linebacker/safety hybrid) for the 1972 Michigan Wolverines football team that finished the season with a 10-1 record.[6] During the 1972 season, Logan had 45 tackles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries.[4] At the end of the season, Logan was selected as the most valuable player on the 1972 Michigan football team.[6] He was also selected as a consensus first-team defensive back on the 1972 College Football All-America Team.[7] He received first-team honors froms the United Press International, the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, and Football News.[8]

Mike McCormack, the Philadelphia Eagles coach who selected Logan in the NFL Draft, recalled watching tapes of Logan at Michigan: "I watched every game on tape, and I never saw the kid out of position. And when he hit, he made their heads snap."[2]

Professional football[edit]

Logan was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round (55th overall pick) of the 1973 NFL Draft.[1] As a rookie during the 1973 NFL season, he was the Eagles' starting strong safety in all 14 games and had five interception with 38 interception return yards.[1] Logan remained with the Eagles for his entire NFL career, playing 11 seasons with the team from 1973 to 1983.[1]

Logan was one of the few players retained by the team after Dick Vermeil took over as head coach in 1976. According to Ray Didinger in The Eagles Encyclopedia, Logan was "part of the nucleus Vermeil built around as he changed the Eagles from sad sacks to winners."[2] He started all 12 games at free safety for the 1980 Philadelphia Eagles team that compiled a 12-4 record, won the NFC Championship, and lost to the Oakland Raider in Super Bowl XV. He was selected by the Associated Press and Newspaper Enterprise Association as a second-team All-NFL defensive back at the end of the 1980 NFL season.[1]

Logan was known as a tough and durable player,[9] appearing in 159 consecutive games for the Eagles -- the second longest consecutive game streak in Eagles' history behind Harold Carmichael.[2] Logan also totaled 23 interceptions and 293 interception return yards in his career with the Eagles.[1]

Later years[edit]

After retiring from football, Logan worked at Saint Gabriel's Hall, a residential facility in Audubon, Pennsylvania, for teenage boys who had been adjudicated delinquent.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Randy Logan". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Ray Didinger (2005). The Eagles Encyclopedia. Temple University Press. p. 53. ISBN 1592134548. 
  3. ^ "All-Time Football Roster Database". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  5. ^ "1971 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved November 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "1972 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved November 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections". National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 6. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  8. ^ "ESPN College Football Encyclopedia: The Complete History of College Football from 1869 to the Present". Archived from the original on 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  9. ^ "Randy Logan's a Survivor". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. December 6, 1980. p. 11. 
  10. ^ "Where Are They Now: Randy Logan". Philadephia Inquirer. December 18, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Saint Gabriel's Hall". Saint Gabriel's Hall. Retrieved March 27, 2015.