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Kentucky’s Marc Logan waiting to be drafted into the NFL, 1987

Posted on April 27, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

From left, University of Kentucky football players Mark Higgs, Marc Logan and Greg Doll watched the NFL Draft on April 28, 1987. Logan, who played tailback and fullback for four seasons at UK, was taken in the fifth round by the Cincinnati Bengals. The selection ended a maddening 12-hour vigil at the Logans’ home in Lexington. Logan watched as NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle opened the televised portion of the draft at 8:05 a.m. For seven hours, as family and friends came and went, Logan waited for his name to be called. Logan’s parents, John and Addie, watched a television upstairs. Logan, Higgs and Doll broke the monotony with games of pool. “To tell you the truth, I thought I’d be taken in the third round,” Logan said later. Eventually, Higgs and Doll returned to UK to attend a team dinner and picnic. Logan, lying in front of the TV, was fighting a losing battle to stay awake. He’d had three hours of sleep the night before. Then he learned from his New York-based agent that he’d been drafted by the Bengals. Logan was one of three Wildcats drafted that day. Safety Tony Mayes was taken in the fifth round by Tampa Bay, and quarterback Bill Ransdell was picked by the Jets in the 12th round. At Kentucky, Logan rushed for 1,769 yards, placing him ninth on UK’s career rushing list. Click here to see an image of Logan in 1986 after UK’s last win over Florida. He enjoyed a 11-year career in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl ring with the San Francisco 49ers in 1995. On the TV in the photo are two of Logan’s trophies during his time at UK. At left is one for being named outstanding offensive back in 1986. The other is for his MVP performance in the 1984 Hall of Fame Bowl. Higgs, who is currently fourth on UK’s career rushing list, was drafted the next year in the eighth round by the Dallas Cowboys. He played in the league until 1995. Photo by Jocelyn Williams | Staff

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