The inaugural award was created by the league to honor football coaches at all levels that display the integrity, achievement and leadership demonstrated by the winningest coach in NFL history, Don Shula.
Logan led Mullen to its third consecutive 5A state championship and second undefeated season in a row by beating Regis Jesuit High School, 37-6, in the state title game on Dec. 4. It marked Logan’s sixth 5A state championship in his 18 seasons of coaching high school football in Colorado.
“The Colorado community is fortunate to have an ambassador like Dave Logan, whose leadership on and off the field is exemplary,” Broncos Chief Operating Officer Joe Ellis said. “Making contributions to youth is one of the Denver Broncos’ key initiatives, and we are proud to recognize his dedication and commitment to his work and the many young lives that he influences.”
Logan grew up as one of the state’s greatest prep athletes ever and followed that up with a superlative career at the University of Colorado. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns and played nine seasons in the NFL, finishing up his career in his hometown of Denver as a Bronco. He is now in his 21st season working as the radio voice of the Broncos — the last 14 as play-by-play for the team’s flagship station, 850 KOA.
He owns a 192-40 (.828) career record (101-9 / four state titles in eight seasons at Mullen) and holds the distinction of being one of just two coaches in the nation’s history to lead three different high schools to a state championship at the highest classification of competition.
“I think there are plenty of life lessons you can teach kids, and football is the greatest team sport in the world,” Logan said. “It teaches how to deal with adversity, how to pick yourself up when you get knocked down — both literally and figuratively — how to work towards a common goal, how to be selfless and how to put the team in front of yourself.
“There are so many things that I learned from football as a kid in all of those years. I just can’t see myself doing anything else.”
Since he started at Mullen in 2003, Logan has coached 71 players who have gone on to get an education and play football in college, and his 2010 team featured 51 athletes on the Academic Honor Roll.
Mullen Athletic Director Tony Schenbeck said Logan’s players know that their first priority is being a student and that the school is honored when he is consistently approached as big-time football jobs open in the area.
“He is a tremendous role model that young students need,” Schenbeck said. “We would name him our principal if we thought that would keep him in our building.”
The national recipient of the Shula Award will be invited to Super Bowl XLV, where he will be recognized at a special press conference. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash award and $15,000 for their football program.