Golf for Joy 2011 Featured Golfer & Speaker
Updated: Nov 8, 2018
Former Ohio State Buckeye Bobby Olive will be joining us for Golf for Joy on Saturday and sharing a few words at the post tourney gathering. Today, Bobby works for one of our Shining Star sponsors, Paetec with Jim’s Brian’s Bail Bonds Hockey teammate Matt Rupert.
We are pleased to welcome Matt, Bobby, and the entire Paetec Crew to Golf for Joy 2011, and we are very grateful for their support and continued sponsorship.
More information about Bobby and his career can be found below.
Bobby Lee Olive Jr.
Position: WR Height: 6-0 Weight: 167 lbs.
Born: April 22, 1969 in Paris, TN College: Ohio State Drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 11th round (300th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft.
Ohio State Stats
Bobby Olive was a walk-on at The Ohio State University in 1988, and he quickly got a major role as a wide receiver under new head coach John Cooper. And it wasn’t too long before Ohio State fans quickly adopted him as their new hero.
In Week 3 of his freshman season, LSU came to Columbus with a 14-game on-the-road winning streak. The game was a battle through most of the first 3.5 quarters, but a lucky deflection gave LSU a 56-yard TD and a 33-20 lead with just under 4:30 to play in the game. Tiger fans began to celebrate their victory.
But the LSU fans didn’t see the freight train coming. Ohio State marched down the field and scored with 2 minutes left to make it 33-27. It was then the defense’s turn to rise up, and they did their job. They shut down two runs (followed by quick timeouts) and on 3rd and long, LSU threw incomplete. On 4th down, the Tigers chose to retreat and take the safety, making it 33-29.
On the ensuing free kick, Olive took the ball at his own 32 and began racing up the middle. At midfield, he made an amazing cut to his left and dodged three defenders before flying out of bounds at LSU’s 39. Ohio Stadium was on fire with excitement!
Just a few plays later…The Buckeyes scored 16 points in under a minute and a half and they beat LSU 36-33.
But Olive wasn’t done with his heroics. Two years later, Ohio State was in Iowa City taking on the undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa had visions of a Big Ten Championship and a National Championship (and they had the talent for both).
However, Iowa simply couldn’t put the Buckeyes away that day, and they barely led 26-21 with just over a minute to play. QB Greg Frey (who was 10 of 31 before the final drive) took the Bucks down the field and brought them to the doorstep. Then Olive did his thing one more time, catching the winning TD pass.
Olive went onto the NFL and played for Indianapolis, Kansas City, and the Cleveland Browns. Olive also played for the Frankfurt Galaxy of the WFL where he was an integral part of the 1995 world championship team. Bobby finished is professional playing career playing 5 seasons in the Arena football league with Buffalo, Carolina, and Columbus before retiring in 2005.
Today Bobby Olive resides in Dublin, OH with his wife and 3 kids.
Reference: Direct quotes taken from: Bobby Olive, proud creator of miracles. Written August 28th, 2009 by Jeff at The BBC. link