Gifford Nielsen

Gifford Nielsen
No. 14
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1954-10-25) October 25, 1954
Place of birth: 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
Rating: 70.0
S. Gifford Nielsen
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 6, 2013 (2013-04-06)
Personal details
Born Stanley Gifford Nielsen
(1954-10-25) October 25, 1954
Provo, Utah, United States
Spouse(s) Wendy Olson (m. 1975)
Children 6

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-TV in Houston, Texas, 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

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

College career

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

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.

LDS Church service

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.

Scouting 100 year Anniversary

Nielsen was the master of ceremonies at the "100 Years of Scouting" celebration at Minute Maid Park in Texas.

See also


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