That role had a great effect on Andrew, though. It wasn't easy to be a fan of professional or college football in Europe. The game was trying to get off the ground there and NFL and college games weren't readily available on television.
There was a pedigree in the family, though, and Oliver's time with the Houston Oilers, to say nothing of his years at WVU, made the sport important in the house.
"I did have an old VHS tape lying around from an Oilers game at some point in the mid-'80s which I played in and actually started in," the WVU AD said. "I think Warren Moon may have been hurt at the time and we played the Chargers and Dan Fouts and Don Coryell.
"Well, it was one of the best games I played as a professional player. We upset them and I threw a couple of touchdown passes and we won on a last-second field goal. It was the only game in which I played that I think Andrew ever saw and, as a result, I think he thought I played like that all the time. He has a false impression of his old man in terms of ability."
Whatever the case, his son is the truth. If Andrew chooses to enter the draft, many projections have him being selected very early, if not first. It's a decision that has not been made and will wait until after the bowl, when Andrew, his family and his coach, former Michigan and NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh, can give it the thought and discussion it deserves.
That follows the script for the learned Lucks. Oliver was a Rhodes Scholar finalist at WVU. Andrew, his high school's valedictorian, has excelled academically at Stanford, which has helped with the sport.
"Harbaugh tells me all the time they watch film together and he says, 'Andrew when you see this defense, I want you to check down to that. If they're in this, I want you to do that,' and Andrew simply says, 'OK,' " Oliver said. "Then Harbaugh looks at him and says, 'Are you sure?' and it's 'Yeah, I got it.' He's a fairly quick learner and he's got a great teacher. Jim's a phenomenal teacher with 15 years in the NFL.
"But he likes to study. That's really important. You have to enjoy that part of it. It's hard in college when you've got classes and exams, but he does like to sit down, watch film and dissect this and that."
Luck warns against underestimating his son's athleticism, though. Andrew's avoided interceptions and accumulated a high completion percentage to buffet brainiac status, but he's also submitted Heisman moments.
He actually rushed for 426 yards and three touchdowns, including a 52-yard touchdown against Wake Forest and a 51-yard touchdown against Washington. Most memorable was a 58-yard run against Cal on which he ran his shoulder through a would-be tackler.
That wasn't a first, though. He took a USC cornerback off his feet when he made a touchdown-saving tackle on a fumble return. A game earlier against Oregon, in Stanford's only loss, he did virtually the same thing.
"There were a couple of nice plays," Oliver said. "Ironically, the plays that got the most exposure were the plays he made defensively, taking out a USC player on a fumble return and chasing down the kid from Oregon. The big one is the Cal run, I guess, but he can do those sorts of things. He does have pretty good athletic ability."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.