NEWARK, N.J. — Brian Logan steers his Crime Stoppers van past the drug dealers on their stoops, the addicts searching for their next fix, the feral cats skittering across the sidewalks.
As Logan drives through some of the toughest neighborhoods in Newark, he pauses to point out another place where one of his players was killed.
A Newark police detective and the varsity football coach at Weequahic High School, Logan lives a life few can imagine, trying to protect some of Newark’s most vulnerable teenagers from every angle. He's on the streets patrolling from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. out of the Crime Stoppers Unit, responding to shootings and homicides and helping track the city's most wanted. When his shift ends, he heads home and watches game film until dozing off, only to wake a few hours later to prepare for football practice.