In 1977 I attended 7th grade at American Heritage school (Pleasant Grove). Had
a friend from Provo, David (won't mention his last name but I could). Dave
told me he lives in Gifford Nielen's ward. I wrote a poem that took third
place in the 7th grade competition that year. Dave asked me to write him a copy
in my best handwriting, to give to Gifford Nielsen. He said he did and Gifford
liked it. I don't know if that really happened (if so, sorry Dave for
questioning), but here's the poem:FootballOnce at
the football game you seeGifford Nielsen hurt his kneeAll his
enemies were very gladBut all his friends and fans were sadSome
people say there still is hopeBut other people just say "nope"He thinks it happened for a reasonMaybe he'll play with the pros
next season.(c) 1977 Karl CI saw a television interview
that year, where Gifford Nielsen said he believes in God and that things happen
for a reason, and that his injury that 1977 season, as terrible as it was,
happened for a reason. So I put that in the poem.--Karl
I believe Bosco is 6'4". Elder Nielsen has always been an example.
Congrats to he and his family.
He's come a long way since pumping my gas. Congrat's on living right
on and off the field.
Giff--er--Elder Nielsen is a truly honorable man.
Wow, I always thought Ty was pretty short (from what I remember crossing paths
with him on campus) but Bosco is really short. I'm wondering if he's
Yes, the game was against New Mexico. Giff was 3rd string and the team had not
won a game that year. I was on the sidelines as a student equipment manager and
remember it very well. The starter and backup were ineffective. In the middle of
the third quarter, Giff came in an lead the team to a victory. He became the
starter from that point on.
One of the most honorable and charming people I have ever met. Always a big
smile and a bigger hug. Great man and great family. Love you guys!
Elder Nielson will always be "The Giff" to me.. he will be a great asset
to the church and will become one of the most beloved of the 70... I am looking
forward to hearing his conference talks
Elder "Giff" Nielsen is a great person. I had the opportunity to grow up
in his ward and served with him as a home teaching companion for a time. He is
still a great friend of our family. Even with his Area Authority schedule, he
made time to come my aunt's funeral this past year. He'd give her a
big hug every time he saw her. I'm happy for Elder Nielsen and
Wendy. They are a great example of how to live a Christlike life.
Can we say Leader. Gifford was and is. Great Teamate, Great Example, Great Man.
He treated all of us the same whether we were new freshman on the team or the
5th yr. sr. Class act when he got hurt and was one for the team. Does this call
surprise any of us. No.
Great man and a wonderful person with the leadership skills few have. I have
known Giff since elementary school. His leadership always came to the forefront,
not only in sports, but life. His heart is pure,he has the ability to connect
with everyone young & old. Great choice by the church.
I can still recall Gifford coming into a game I think with New Mexico and BYU
was losing by a couple TD"s perhaps a night game and he quickly got the team
going for a win.
I watched Gifford as a member of BYU basketball team, his team spirit and
leadership stood out, though he was a freshman...he was a leader consistently,
in whatever he was involved in.
Giff Nielsen is one of the most Christlike, caring and personable leaders
I've ever experienced in the Church. He is beloved by everyone who has been
blessed by his leadership in his many years in Texas. We will miss him, but the
worldwide church will be blessed.
Thanks to SLCWatch. Great comment.
Well Wayne, things were different back then. More is asked of Qb's today.
But yeah even today coach Mendenhall would give him his shot. But back then
most people would make civil comments about a head coach of any team, so we
wouldn't have have even seen your comment in print.
I wonder if he would even get a chance under Bronco? Great guy, real leader.