WVU Sports Hall of Fame
Written by Bryan Messerly
Mike Logan was a four-year regular at cornerback and one of the most talented return men in WVU history from 1993-96.
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Playing for coach Don Nehlen, Logan appeared in 37 games, starting 22 during his career, recording 140 tackles, 18 passes broken up, two forced fumbles, eight interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Logan finished his career ranking seventh in school history with 18 passes broken up (now ranks 15th), fourth in single-season PBU with 11 (now ranks 13th) and sixth in career kick return yardage with 869 yards (now ranks 12th).
As a senior, Logan led the Big East in punt returns (12.4) and ranked second in interceptions (0.45) and PBU (11). He was named to the Football News all-conference team. Logan earned first team All-Big East honors at cornerback and second team all-conference recognition as a return specialist.
Logan was a hero in the East Carolina win in 1996, coming through with a first-half interception and then stripping a pass from ECU’s Larry Shannon at the WVU eight in the fourth quarter, returning that fumble 25 yards.
As a freshman, in 1993, Logan recovered a Boston College fumble at the WVU 37 yard-line with 2:23 remaining to set up WVU’s final scoring drive and then intercepted a Glenn Foley pass in the end zone on the game’s last play to preserve WVU’s undefeated regular season and a 1994 Sugar Bowl appearance. Logan also played in the 1995 Carquest Bowl and 1997 Gator Bowl.
Logan had a career-best nine tackles in the 21-0 win over Pitt in 1995, had two interceptions in the 13-0 win over Maryland in 1996 and returned a punt for a touchdown in the 30-10 win at Temple in 1996.
He received the Scott Shirley Award in 1993, presented to WVU’s top special teams player, and received the Gridiron Gladiator Award in 1996, given for on-field intensity. He is a member of the 1990-99 WVU all-time football team.
A native of McKeesport, Pa., Logan was a second round draft pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1997. In 2000, he recorded 60 tackles, along with his first career sack and two interceptions.
Logan then became a Pittsburgh Steeler in 2001 and registered a career-best 94 tackles and a sack in 2003. He was a part of the Steelers Super Bowl XL championship team for the Steelers and retired from football as a Steeler in 2006. Since his retirement from the NFL, he has been involved as a sports broadcaster, including his current position at TribLive Media.
Logan and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Pittsburgh, and he has three children, Trey, Mikayla and Mikhi.