Gifford Nielsen
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Gifford Nielsen in 2018
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Personal information
Born: (1954-10-25) October 25, 1954 (age 66)
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
* Houston Oilers ( 1978)
Career highlights and awards
* All-American (1976)
  • Offensive Player of the year (1976)
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:3,255

Template:Infobox LDS biography 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.[1] He has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since April 2013.

High school career[edit | edit source]

Nielsen grew up in Provo, Utah, and attended Provo High School, playing as the school's quarterback.

College career[edit | edit source]

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.

NFL career[edit | edit source]

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.

TV Sports Anchor[edit | edit source]

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.

LDS Church service[edit | edit source]

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

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. KHOU Staff. "Giff Nielsen signs off after 25 years at Channel 11", ‘’KHOU’’, Houston, TX, 23 October 2009. Retrieved on 12 April 2015.

External links[edit | edit source]

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