A Colorado athletic standout who was drafted in three sports, the Nuggets’ all-time leading scorer and the Rockies outfielder who led the franchise’s magical 2007 Rocktober run were among seven athletes named to the National Federation of State High School Associations National High School Hall of Fame on Monday.
Dave Logan, Alex English and Matt Holliday join Tim Couch, Karyn Bye, Maicel Malone and Michele Smith as the athletes who are part of the 2021 induction class. Three high school coaches, a state association administrator and a speech and debate coach will also be inducted July 1 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Fla.
Logan was a standout in baseball, basketball and football at Wheat Ridge High School, earning The Denver Post’s Gold Helmet award in 1971. As a senior, he hit .380 and had a 7-2 record as a pitcher and was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds. After playing basketball and football for the University of Colorado, Logan was drafted by Kansas City Kings in the ninth round of the NBA draft and by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the NFL draft.
English was a three-time first-team all-state selection in basketball for Dreher High School in Columbia, S.C. He was named the state’s player of the year in 1971 and ’72. After a stellar career at the University of South Carolina, he was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 1976 NBA draft. He emerged as a superstar in the 1980s after a trade to Denver from Indiana. In 11 seasons with the Nuggets, he averaged 25.9 points and set a franchise record for points (21,645). His 25,613 career points are ranked 20th most in NBA history.
Holliday starred in football and baseball at Stillwater High School in Oklahoma. He was a three-year starter at quarterback, leading the team to a 30-6 record with 6,211 yards passing and 68 touchdowns. On the baseball field, he was a four-year starter at third base. He crushed 18 home runs over his final two seasons while batting .438 and .443, respectively. Highly recruited by many college football programs, he chose baseball after the Rockies took him in the seventh round of the MLB draft. In six years with Colorado, he was named to three all-star teams, earned three Silver Slugger awards and was an integral part of the 2007 squad that reached the World Series. He also had stints with St. Louis, Oakland and the Yankees over a 15-year career.
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