Former Missouri running back Brock Olivo enjoyed a unique experience overseas.
As relayed by SB Nation’s Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann, Olivo spoke Tuesday about trying to teach American football while living in Italy after his NFL career ended. Olivo, recently named the Denver Broncos’ special teams coordinator, had 3,026 rushing yards for the Tigers from 1994-97. He spent four seasons with the Detroit Lions, from 1998-2001, and appeared as a running back and a staple on special teams.
After that experience, Olivo worked as a head coach and an offensive coordinator of the Italian National Football Team. While in Italy, he also worked for a team that plays in Italy’s IFL, the highest level of American football in the country.
“Coaching overseas in Italy was an awesome experience,” Olivo said via Lattimore-Volkmann. “Teaching American football, the nuances of your game, in a foreign language … it taught me patience and teaching. There’s a huge difference between teaching and learning.”
It’s interesting to hear about Olivo’s uncommon path. The experience in Italy had to be eye-opening, and it would be a tremendous growth opportunity for him.
Kudos to him for spreading his football knowledge far from home.