Logan Thomas wowed fans with his tenacious play on the gridiron throughout high school.
But on Tuesday, the former Brookville star and Virginia Tech quarterback was honored for something different: His basketball career.
Now, no other boys basketball player at BHS will ever wear No. 24. His jersey belongs to posterity. It’s a symbol not only of his athleticism, but of his perennial position as the most beloved athlete in Brookville history.
Thomas was honored at halftime of Brookville’s final home game of the season, which pitted the Bees against their arch rival, Jefferson Forest. His presence not only fired up the rowdy crowd, but also gave the basketball team plenty to play for, too. On senior night, Brookville defeated the Cavaliers, 70-62.
It was a fitting victory for the program that regularly decimated opponents during Thomas’ four years. When he first heard Brookville planned to retire his basketball jersey, the former three-sport athlete was shocked. The Bees haven’t retired his No. 3 football jersey yet, but that’s because Thomas, who currently plays for the Miami Dolphins, isn’t exactly available during the football season.
“I love it here,” he said after the halftime ceremony. “Every time I’m in town I drive past Brookville and I’m like, ‘Man, those were the days.’ I love Brookville — bleed maroon and gold. Sometimes it’s like, ‘Man, I wish I could go back to high school for one day.”
In addition to all his football accolades, Thomas is the all-time leading scorer in Brookville history with 1,328 points. He was named to the Group AA, Division 3 all-state first team twice during his career. In 2009, his senior season, Thomas averaged 18.8 points and 11 rebounds and helped the Bees go 19-7. They advanced to the state quarterfinals that season, where they were beaten by eventual state champ Cave Spring.
“More than just a basketball player, he was just a great person,” former Brookville coach Chris Young said. “He had high character, high integrity. He led by example. Just a team player and it wasn’t about him. It was about the journey with his teammates.”
Like many other young athletes in the Lynchburg area, Brookville quarterback Dylan Onuffer grew up idolizing the 6-foot-6 Thomas, who led the Bees to a state title game in football in 2008 before continuing his career at Virginia Tech.
If not for Thomas, Onuffer probably wouldn’t have pursued the position he occupied for the last two seasons.
“He was just such a good player and a role model and that’s something I wanted to do, that’s something I want to be,” Onuffer said. “I’m glad I’ve had the opportunities I’ve had with basketball and football.”
Then there were the countless other people Thomas has influenced. His teammates stood courtside at halftime. Brookville students stood and cheered in the bleachers. Parents crowded around the standout, hoping for a chance to snap their pictures with him.
Despite all his football success, basketball always had a place in Thomas’ heart.
“That was number one in my childhood,” he said with a smile. “That’s the first sport I grew up playing at [age] five and that’s what I grew up loving. I try to play as much as I can, but it’s a little bit dangerous now.”
Thomas is currently the Dolphins backup quarterback to Ryan Tannehill. The goal right now is to stay in shape, compete in spring and summer workouts and be ready at any time.
“I’ve got to compete every day like I’m a starter, because the NFL is a crazy kind of league where one day you can be sitting there and the next day you can be starting.”