Roots in the Valley: Local family supports NFL quarterback
Former Oklahoma State star and current Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph is supported by some of his biggest fans, who live in the Shenandoah Valley.
Rudolph's grandparents, Jim & Carole Logan, reside in Mount Crawford and have followed their grandson's career from his time as a prep standout in Rock Hill, South Carolina, to a college star at OSU, and now as he prepares for start of his professional football career.
"Just to see him play all through high school and then have a really good college career and then be drafted into the NFL, doesn't happen to many people so we are very grateful and blessed because of that", said Jim Logan.
Rudolph is the winningest QB in Oklahoma State history and holds more than 50 school records. His 13,618 passing yards ranks fourth all-time in the history of the Big 12 Conference.
After a successful college career, he 6'5", 230-pound signal-caller was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
"He got the call, the phone rings like two minutes before they make the pick and he got off the phone and says 'Pittsburgh'...no way!," said Ike Logan, Rudolph's uncle who lives in the Valley.
Rudolph is expected to be the Steelers' quarterback of the future. He appears to be at the beginning of what many believe, and his family hopes, is a long NFL career.
"Very proud and it's been a long-time coming and we never dreamed that it might end this way," said Jim Logan. "It's been one of the best things that's ever happened to our family."
Mason's mother is Jamie Rudolph, who as Jamie Logan, was a standout athlete in high school at Turner Ashby.