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Gifford Nielsen in 2018 No. 14 Position: Quarterback Personal information Born: October 25, 1954 Provo, Utah Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 205 lb (93 kg) Career information College: Brigham Young NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73 Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TD–INT: 20-22 Passing yards: 3,255
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Stanley Gifford Nielsen (born October 25, 1954) is a former American football quarterback who played professionally for the Houston Oilers of the National Football League (NFL). He was the sports director of KHOU in Houston from 1984 until March 31, 2009. He has been a  general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since April 2013.
Nielsen grew up in
Provo, Utah, and attended Provo High School, playing as the school's quarterback.
After high school, he remained in Provo and began attending
Brigham Young University, where he was an All-American quarterback, under head coach LaVell Edwards. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.
Nielsen was selected in the third round of the 1978 NFL draft by the
Houston Oilers, the team with which he spent his entire NFL career. Nielsen played six seasons as a part-time quarterback. He served as backup to Dan Pastorini in 1978 and 1979 and to Ken Stabler in 1980 and 1981. He played the most games in his last two seasons, 1982–1983, when he shared quarterbacking duties with Archie Manning and Oliver Luck. From 1984 to 1987, he served as a color commentator on Oilers radio broadcasts.
Nielsen was the Sports Director at
CBS affiliate KHOU in Houston from 1984-2009. He also made an appearance in P.D.Q. Bach in Houston: We Have a Problem! as a color commentator alongside Peter Schickele during a sketch of Beethoven's Fifth, in which the performance was done as if it were a mock football/hockey game.
Nielsen has served in the LDS Church in many capacities, including
elders quorum president, bishop, president of the Houston Texas South Stake, mission president's counselor, and area seventy. He was released as an area seventy on April 6, 2013, and called as a general authority and member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. As of early 2017 Nielsen serves in the Pacific Area Presidency of the LDS Church.
Scouting 100 year Anniversary [ edit | edit source ]
Nielsen was the master of ceremonies at the "100 Years of Scouting" celebration at
Minute Maid Park in Texas
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