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Gifford Nielsen
Date of birth: October 25, 1954 (1954-10-25) (age 55)
Place of birth: Provo, Utah
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
Jersey №: 14
College: Brigham Young
NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 3 / Pick 73
Organizations
 As player:
1978-1983 Houston Oilers
Playing stats at NFL.com
College Football Hall of Fame

Gifford Nielsen is a former NFL and All-American college football quarterback. He played for the Houston Oilers. He announced his retirement as the sports director of KHOU-TV in Houston, TX, on March 30, 2009. His last newscast was Tuesday, March 31, 2009.[1]

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College career

Gifford was an All-American quarterback at Brigham Young University (BYU) under legendary coach LaVell Edwards. Nielsen was one of a string of stellar BYU quarterbacks in the 70's and 80's; others included Gary Sheide, Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon, Steve Young, Robbie Bosco and Ty Detmer.

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 saw the most action 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.

One of the highlights of Nielsen's career came in a playoff game against the heavily-favored San Diego Chargers on December 29, 1979. The Oilers' offense was decimated by injuries to key players, including Hall of Fame RB Earl Campbell and QB Pastorini. Nielsen filled in at quarterback, and the Oilers prevailed against all expectations, winning 17-14. This was to be Nielsen's only postseason game as a starter; Pastorini returned for the following week's conference championship game against Pittsburgh.

Church service

Gifford Nielson is President of the Houston Texas South Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has held that calling since 2004.

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Preceded by
Ken Stabler
Houston Oilers Starting Quarterbacks
1982-1983
Succeeded by
Oliver Luck

Source church news

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