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Gifford Nielsen

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No. 14
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1954-10-25) October 25, 1954 (age 61)
Place of birth: Provo, Utah
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Career information
College: Brigham Young
NFL draft: 1978 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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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)
Called by Thomas S. Monson
Personal details
Born Stanley Gifford Nielsen
(1954-10-25) October 25, 1954 (age 61)
Provo, Utah, United States
Spouse(s) Wendy Olson (m. 1975)
Children 6

Stanley Gifford Nielsen (born October 25, 1954) is a former NFL quarterback who played for the Houston Oilers. 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 (BYU), 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 1978–79 and to Ken Stabler in 1980–81. He played the most games in his last two seasons, 1982–83, when he shared quarterbacking duties with Archie Manning and Oliver Luck. From 1984–87, 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.


  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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Preceded by
Jeff Dankworth
Randolph H. Dean
Steve Furniss
John Hencken
Gerald G. Huesken
NCAA Top Five Award
Class of 1978
Michael J. Bourdeau
Daniel R. Mackesey
John Naber
Gifford Nielsen
Bryan L. Rodgers
Succeeded by
Willie Banks
Robert W. Dugas
Steve Fuller
Dan Harrigan
James J. Kovach
Preceded by
Richard C. Chapman
Maurice "Bo" Ellis
Herman Frazier
Betsy King
John Naber
Rodney E. Slater
Silver Anniversary Awards (NCAA)
Class of 2003
Debbie Brown
Ann Meyers Drysdale
Dale Kramer
Kenneth MacAfee
Warren Moon
Gifford Nielsen
Succeeded by
Trish Millines Dziko
Bruce Furniss
Virginia Gilder
Stacey Johnson
Gregory Kelser
Kellen Winslow