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Steve Dils
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Personal information
Born: (1955-12-08) December 8, 1955 (age 68)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Fort Vancouver (Vancouver, Washington)
NFL draft:1979 / Round: 4 / Pick: 97
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:5,816
Passer rating:65.8
Player stats at PFR

Stephen Whitfield Dils (born December 8, 1955) is an American former football quarterback who played 10 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Stanford Cardinal.

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

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College passing statistics* [1]
Season Team GP Cmp Att Yds Pct TD INT Rtg
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 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.

Chris Berman bestowed one of his more labored nicknames -- Steve "Love the One You're With" Dils -- based on the player's vague similarity in name 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


  1. ^ "Steve Dils college statistics". College Football at Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  2. ^ Sams, Douglas (January 21, 2010). "Steve Dils leaves Grubb & Ellis for Avison Young". Atlanta Business Journal. Retrieved January 27, 2010.