Lo and behold!

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Stefan Logan's new job title now is starting running back with the B.C. Lions, which is a world away from the occupation that was the catalyst for his current promotion.

The 27-year-old was working as a mortician with his father when he decided it was time to seriously pursue a football career in 2002.

During a three-year break from the game after finishing high school in Miami, Logan spent two summers preparing corpses for research classes at the University of Florida.

He treated it like any tough job, gritting his teeth and bearing it despite his trepidation and fears.

It was a job like that takes a certain type of character, much the way football requires a fearless competitor.

"I didn't like that kind of thing, and I certainly didn't want to do that for the rest of my life," Logan said.

"That wasn't something that fits me. It wasn't my style. I had to make a switch and do something. Hopefully, it was football, and so far it is."

With his father's help, Logan searched around for a college and found a taker in the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, which was about 2,700 km away from home.

And it didn't take long for Logan to become a star with the Coyotes, eventually setting the school's record for all-time rushing yards.

Although he's only 5-ft.-6, Logan excels in a game where players 100 lb. heavier than he are trying to pound him.

It was at South Dakota he met current Calgary Stampeders defensive back Dwight Anderson, who was a senior when Logan was a freshman.

Anderson was trying to put the hurt on Logan last night as the Stamps met the Lions at B.C. Place Stadium.

As his opponent for the first time, Anderson has a great deal of respect for his friend on the football field, which comes from having taken a hard road to the pro ranks.

"He's tough. Stefan may be little, but he learned how to take a pounding," Anderson said. "He's a quick scat back who can give us a lot of problems in the open field. He supposed to hit the A gap, but he bounces outside and uses his quickness. He's good at picking up blocks.

Logan appreciates that respect from Anderson and others.

It was because of his father, Michael, who raised him to work hard and rebound from anything that knocked him down.

"Being small, I have to be just like what my dad and friends back home tell me -- that I have to have something behind me," Logan said.

"I try not to take big hits, but it's going to happen every now and then. If it happens, you take it. You actually try to deliver the blow. I just brace myself when the big hit is coming.

"Because I'm small, I don't worry about it. I just get the ball and run hard, and whatever happens will happen."

Once Logan is done with football, he plans on becoming a police officer.

He certainly isn't going back to being a mortician again, although he claims his worst job was bagging groceries, which is monotonous and dull at the best of times.

But he still recalls going into the morgue and first working with a corpse.

"At first, you get nervous because you believe they are going to get up and grab you," Logan said. "I got used to it, so I went with the flow like nothing happened.

"At first, my dad couldn't leave me in there by myself. Once I got used to it, I was fine."


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