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Oliver Luck

Luck at the 2007 Dynamo Championship Rally

Assumed office 
December 15, 2005

Born April 5, 1960 (1960-04-05) (age 49)
Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality United States United States
Spouse(s) Kathy Wilson
Children Andrew, Mary Ellen, Emily, and Addison "Muzzy"
Residence Houston, Texas
Alma mater West Virginia University (B.A.)
University of Texas (J.D.)
Oliver Luck
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Born April 5, 1960 (1960-04-05) (age 49)
Career information
Year(s) 19821986
NFL Draft 1982 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44
College West Virginia University
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Oliver Luck (born April 5, 1960 in Cleveland, Ohio) is the team president and general manager of the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. He is also a former American football quarterback for the Houston Oilers of the National Football League.


Football career


Collegiate career

Luck attended St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. He then enrolled at West Virginia University, playing quarterback from 1978–1981. In his freshman season, Luck only had 151 yards passing and 5 interceptions. As a sophomore in 1979, he passed for 1,292 yards and 8 touchdowns, but threw 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 407 yards and 5 touchdowns, including a career-high 120 yards against Tulane.

In his junior season of 1980, Oliver Luck earned first-team Academic All-American honors. Luck's 19 touchdown passes was a school record, while he also added 1,874 yards. As a senior in 1981, he led the Mountaineers to the Peach Bowl where they defeated the Florida Gators by a score of 26–6. Also being named Academic All-American for the second consecutive season, Luck threw for a school record 216 completions and 394 attempts to add to his 2,448 yards and 16 touchdowns. He added career-highs 360 passing yards and a school-record 34 completions in a loss to Syracuse that season.

Luck, who was a three-year starter, ended his career with school records of 43 career touchdown passes, 466 completions, and 911 pass attempts. His 5,765 career passing yards currently ranks second on the all-time school list, behind Marc Bulger. Luck still ranks in the top ten in nearly every career passing category.

Oliver Luck was also a Rhodes Scholar finalist, a National Football Foundation Scholar and a two-time GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American who graduated magna cum laude from WVU in 1982. He was named the team MVP in 1980 and 1981 and won the 1981 Louis D. Meisel Award.

Professional career

Oliver Luck was selected in the second round of the 1982 NFL Draft as the 17th pick by the Houston Oilers. He was the third quarterback selected, after Art Schlichter (4th to Baltimore) and Jim McMahon (5th to Chicago). As a rookie Luck saw no action. In his second season, the Oilers inserted him at the starting quarterback position, from which he threw eight touchdowns and 13 interceptions, completing 124 of 217 pass attempts. He threw for only 1,375 yards, as the Oilers struggled to a 2–14 record.

In 1984, the Oilers signed Canadian Football League star Warren Moon. Oliver Luck played as Moon's back-up for the majority of the season. He completed 22 of 36 pass attempts for 256 yards, two of which were touchdown passes while having only one pass intercepted. Luck also had some success running the ball: he carried the ball 10 times for 75 yards and scored one touchdown.

In 1985 and 1986, Luck continued to play back-up to Moon. He threw 100 passes in 1985, completing 56 of them with two touchdowns and two interceptions. In 1986, Luck's final season in the NFL, he completed 31 of 60 passes for 341 yards with one touchdown and five interceptions, contributing to an Oilers' passing offense that finished 23rd out of 28 teams.

Post-football career

After retiring from football, Luck practiced law in Germany. In 1991, he became general manager of the Frankfurt Galaxy of the fledgling World League of American Football. He held the post for two years until the league was suspended. Upon its resumption in 1995 he became GM of the Rhein Fire, and was named league president the following year. Luck held that role until 2000, during which time he oversaw the league's rebranding as NFL Europe, intended to strengthen the connection between the league and its parent, the NFL.

In 2001, Luck was sworn in as Chief Executive Officer of the Houston Sports Authority. In this role he oversaw the operations of the Harris County Houston Sports Authority, the governmental entity created in 1997 to provide the financing, construction and management oversight of the three large sports and entertainment venues in Houston: Minute Maid Park (home of the Houston Astros), Reliant Stadium, (home of the Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo), and the new Downtown multi-purpose arena (home of the Houston Rockets and Comets).

Prior to joining the Sports Authority, Luck was a top-ranking executive with the National Football League for over ten years, where he served as Vice President of Business Development and President and CEO of NFL Europe. A record setting quarterback at West Virginia University, Luck was selected in the second round of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers and went on to play five seasons with the club. He earned a B.A. degree from West Virginia University, graduating with highest honors, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1987 he received a J.D. from the University of Texas, graduating with honors.[1]

Luck, a two-time Academic All-American while in college, was recently named to the Academic All American Hall of Fame.[1]

He is married to the former Kathy Wilson, with whom he has four children: Andrew, Mary Ellen, Emily, and Addison "Muzzy." Andrew played quarterback at Stratford High School in Houston, Texas and was ranked as the ninth best player in Texas and the fourth best pro-style quarterback in the country in the 2008 recruiting class.[2] As a redshirt freshman in 2009, Andrew was named the starting quarterback at Stanford.[3]

In addition to his professional pursuits, Luck is actively involved as a coach for youth sports.

In 2005, he was named president of the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. On June 27, 2008, Luck was appointed by West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin to the West Virginia University Board of Governors, effective July 1.[1]


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Preceded by
Darrell Griffith
Mark D. Herrmann
Donald J. Paige
Ronald K. Perry
Randy Lee Schleusener
NCAA Top Five Award
Class of 1982
Par J. Arvidsson
Rowdy Gaines
Oliver Luck
Kenneth W. Sims
Lynette Woodard
Succeeded by
Bruce Baumgartner
John Elway
Richard J. Giusto
Charles F. Kiraly
David R. Rimington
Preceded by
Archie Manning
Houston Oilers Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Warren Moon


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