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Gifford Nielsen (born Stanley Gifford Nielsen) is a former NFL quarterback who 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.

High School Career

Gifford grew up in Provo, Utah and attended Provo High School, playing as the schools quarterback before graduating and going across the street to BYU.

College career

Gifford was an All-American quarterback at Brigham Young University (BYU) 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.

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