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Steve Dils
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Personal information
Born: (1955-12-08) December 8, 1955 (age 66)
Seattle, Washington
Career information
High school:Vancouver (WA) Fort Vancouver
NFL Draft:1979 / Round: 4 / Pick: 97
Career history
* Minnesota Vikings (19791984)
Career highlights and awards
* Sammy Baugh Trophy (1978)
Career NFL statistics
QB Rating:65.8
Player stats at

Stephen Whitfield "Steve" Dils (born December 8, 1955 in Seattle, Washington) is an American retired football quarterback who played 10 seasons in the National Football League.

College career

Dils played high school football at Fort Vancouver High School in Vancouver, Washington, and attended Stanford University. He was Stanford's starting quarterback under Bill Walsh in 1978, and led Stanford to a 25-22 victory over Georgia in the 1978 Bluebonnet Bowl, where he was named the game's offensive most valuable player. That season, Dils won the Sammy Baugh Trophy, awarded to the top passer in college football.

College statistics

Led the Pac-8/Pac-10
Pac-8/Pac-10 record
Led the NCAA
NCAA Record
Bold Career high
College passing statistics* [1]
Season School Games Cmp Att Yds Pct TD INT QBR
1977 Stanford 11 27 42 335 64.3% 1 0 139.1
1978 Stanford 11 247 391 2,943 63.2% 22 15 137.3
Career Stanford 22 274 433 3,278 63.3% 23 15 137.5

* Includes bowl games.

NFL career

Dils was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the 1979 NFL Draft. In his second year with the club, he made his first start filling in for an injured Tommy Kramer and led the Vikings to a win over the Washington Redskins, a game which proved crucial to Minnesota's playoff run that year. He played six seasons with the Vikings and started most of the 1983 season, where he was paired in the backfield with former Stanford teammate Darrin Nelson. He was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 1984. He spent his final full season with the Atlanta Falcons before retiring with the Rams before the 1989 regular season began. He was immortalized by Chris Berman as Steve "Love The one You're With" Dils due to his name being so similar to Stephen Stills.

After football

Dils is currently the managing director of the Canadian commercial real estate company Avison Young's Atlanta office.[2]

See also



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