In this episode of Parenting with Truth and Grace we interview Oliver Luck. Oliver shares his unique experience raising kids, including all-pro quarterback Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts.
Oliver is currently an executive with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Prior to that he was the athletic director at his alma mater, West Virginia University. Oliver is a former professional football player and together with his wife Kathy have raised their four children.
Favorite Verse or Quote
To whom much is given, much is expected.
Losing his temper while coaching his daughter. The realization his expectation was so out of whack with where it should be.
Parenting Ah-ha Moment
Was realizing the impact of raising there kids overseas. The siblings ended up playing together a lot because of being away from the U.S.
Proudest Parenting Moment
Watching his kids take great joy in each other’s accomplishments. Celebrating with each other. Taking authentic pride and shared joy for one another.
If they had it to do all over again
Speaking more German while they were in Germany.
Top Priorities for parenting
Listen to their kids. Spend as much time playing with their kids as possible.
Advice for parents raising athletes
We didn’t raise Andrew to be an NFL quarterback. We raised him to e a good person, a good student, a good kid. If you try to raise your child to be a professional, you can end up easily disappointed. Don’t worry, the talent will shine and come out. Make sure the foundation is solid. You’re raising a person not a football player.