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Janet Yeager For the Coal Valley News

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MADISON — The Madison Rotarians were honored to have Oliver Luck, a former NFL quarterback and presently the athletic director at West Virginia University, as the guest speaker at their annual Rotary dinner on June 5.

A popular figure at WVU and around the state, the charismatic Luck spoke about “today’s world of college football” as well as taking a look back on his college and post-college years. Although he was an outstanding student, Luck seemed destined to have an athletic career. He graduated from Ignatius High School in Cleveland where he was a standout quarterback. He was quarterback at West Virginia University 1978-81, throwing 394 times and connecting 216 times his senior season for 2,448 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was the team’s Most Valuable Player in 1980 and 1981.

Luck was a two-time Academic All-American, a National Football Foundation Scholar, and a Rhodes Scholarship finalist. He graduated Magna cum Laude from WVU in 1982. He was a Phi Beta Kappa, and was inducted into the Academic Hall of Fame in 2000.

In 1982, Luck was selected for the NFL draft and played five seasons as quarterback for the Houston Oilers.

Following his football career, Luck earned his J.D. from the University of Texas. He was the first president and general manager of the Houston Dynamo, and under his direction, the Dynamo won the MLS Cup in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, he was appointed to the WVU Board of Governors by Gov. Joe Manchin, and was hired as WVU director of athletics in 2010.

Luck praised the dedication to WVU that is shown by Boone Countians and especially pointed out the service that the Boone County WVU Alumni and Friends gives to the university through the annual Golf Outing/Pig Roast and other fundraisers that provide scholarships for local high school graduates to attend WVU. Local Mountaineers are loyal fans who travel to WVU football games and support the University’s athletic programs.

Luck was invited to the Madison Rotary Club by friend Denver Allen, a Rotarian, and director of fundraising for the new Boone Memorial Hospital. Luck was introduced by Rotarian Dr. Ron Stollings.

The Rotarians would like to thank Oliver Luck for visiting Madison and sharing a pleasant evening with them and their guests.

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