MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Oliver Luck's job as West Virginia's athletic director took him to New York earlier this week for Big East meetings and the National Football Foundation's awards dinner.
Then it was to Orlando for a seat at the College Football Awards show, where his son, Andrew, was up for a pair of major awards Thursday night.
Then it's back to New York, where Saturday Luck will see if Andrew, the starting quarterback at No. 5 Stanford, can win the Heisman Trophy.
Andrew is one of four finalists, along with the favorite, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore and Oregon running back LaMichael James.
It's the trip back in time that matters most to the proud father.
"When he was about 6 or 7, I remember watching him playing soccer in Germany and he was dribbling the ball and he made a beautiful pass ahead of him," said Oliver Luck, who first practiced law in Germany and then spent a decade working as both a general manager for two teams there in the World League of American Football and later as the CEO and president of NFL Europe.
"What that meant was as he was dribbling, he picked his head up and looked for his teammates."
It was about that time Luck became convinced his son could be what he has ultimately become. In addition to the Heisman consideration, Andrew was a finalist for the Maxwell (best player) and Davey O'Brien (best quarterback) awards.
"Most kids have their heads down and look at the ball and never see anybody to pass to," Oliver said. "For whatever reason, he had that ability, that interest, that inclination to look for his teammates. I remember that and I thought, 'That's going to be a good asset, no matter what he does.' "
As a redshirt freshman last season Andrew led the Cardinal to an 8-5 record and a Sun Bowl bid. It was the school's first winning season and bowl game since 2001. This season, he was the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and led Stanford to an 11-1 record and its first Bowl Championship Series bid. The Cardinal plays Virginia Tech Jan. 3 in a matchup of marquee quarterbacks.
The Hokies have the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Tyrod Taylor.
Stanford has Andrew Luck, his 3,051 yards and 28 touchdowns and possibly the famed bronze trophy.
"I think my wife and I, No. 1, just tried to raise a good young man as opposed to raising a good football player," Oliver Luck said. "No. 2, I did spend a couple of years coaching Andrew in little Pop Warner leagues, but he can only have one dad and he can have multiple coaches. And Andrew has had multiple coaches and some very good ones in high school and junior high and then in college, but my role has always been to be his dad as opposed to his coach or his advisor or whatever."