Oliver Luck joins NFL player safety advisory panel Craig Thomas

Former NFL quarterback OLIVER LUCK, currently serving as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for his alma mater, West Virginia, has been selected to join the NFL’s Player Safety Advisory Panel, NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced today.

Co-chaired by Pro Football Hall of Famers RONNIE LOTT and JOHN MADDEN, the Player Safety Advisory Panel was formed two years ago by Commissioner Goodell to assist the league in reviewing all facets of the game involving player health and safety.

“It is a real honor to have been asked to participate as a member of the NFL Player Safety Advisory Panel,” says Luck, who is the father of Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback ANDREW LUCK, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. “I would like to thank the co-chairs, John Madden and Ronnie Lott, for the opportunity, and I look forward to making a positive contribution to the work of the panel.”

Luck was a second-round draft choice of the Houston Oilers in 1982 and spent five years with the franchise.

As West Virginia’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Luck has fostered an atmosphere for achievement and triumph in the classroom and on the field. In just two years, Luck has led WVU into the Big 12 Conference, spearheaded the best fundraising year in school history, implemented several safety and crowd enhancements at Mountaineer sporting events, increased overall department revenue and continued a master plan for facility upgrades, including the completion of a $25 million basketball practice facility.

The panel of former NFL players, coaches and one former general manager provides recommendations to Commissioner Goodell on a variety of safety-related football matters, while taking a long-term view towards making the game safer for all players at every level of the sport.

Other members of the committee are ERNIE ACCORSI (former general manager), ANTONIO FREEMAN (former player), PATRICK KERNEY (former player), WILLIE LANIER (former player, Hall of Famer), STEVE MARIUCCI (former head coach) and ANTHONY MUÑOZ (former player, Hall of Famer).

Areas of focus for the Player Safety Advisory Panel include:

Developing proactive, substantive recommendations to promote the safety of all participants in the game.
Reviewing playing rules, techniques, strategies, training methods, safety-related studies and equipment standards.
Communicating with NFL players and coaches to gather information and gain a greater insight into how the game is currently being played.
Reviewing game video to study trends and techniques.
Promoting safe and successful playing techniques.