Gifford Nielsen, who has been a television sports anchor at KHOU for almost 25 years, is being let go by channel 11 Houston. The station also layed off two producers.
Nielsen was a star quarterback at BYU and played quarterback for six years in the NFL with the Houston Oilers. The highlight of Nielsen’s NFL career came in 1979 when he led the Oilers to a playoff victory of the heavily favored San Diego Chargers. The Oilers won that game despite injuries to starting qb Dan Pastorini and Hall-of-Fame running back Earl Campbell.
In 1981, Nielsen threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame after his All-American career at Brigham Young University.
Nielsen had worked at the same Houston tv station for nearly 25 years.