Gifford Nielsen
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Nielsen in 2018
No. 14
Personal information
Born: (1954-10-25) October 25, 1954 (age 68)
Provo, Utah
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Provo (UT)
College:Brigham Young
NFL Draft:1978 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:3,255
Player stats at · PFR
S. Gifford Nielsen
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 6, 2013 (2013-04-06)
Called byThomas S. Monson
Personal details
BornStanley Gifford Nielsen
(1954-10-25) October 25, 1954 (age 68)
Provo, Utah, United States
Spouse(s)Wendy Olson (m. 1975)

Stanley Gifford "Giff" 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.

Football career

High school career

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

College career

Nielsen remained in Provo and attended Brigham Young University, where he was an All-American quarterback for the Cougars 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 (73rd overall) by the Houston Oilers, the team with which he spent his entire NFL career, six seasons as a part-time quarterback.

Nielsen 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, 19821983, 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

Nielsen was the Sports Director at CBS affiliate KHOU in Houston from 1984 to 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

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. Among his assignments, Nielsen served for a time in the presidency of the church's Pacific Area. Since August 2019, Nielsen has been the president of the church's North America Central Area.[2]

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" Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, ‘’KHOU’’, Houston, TX, 23 October 2009. Retrieved on 12 April 2015.
  2. ^ LDS Church announces 2019 Area Leadership Assignments