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Happy Gifford Nielsen/Ty Detmer Day: 14 Days to Kickoff!

14 Days to Kickoff – 2 Weeks from Today!

Gifford Nielsen and Ty Detmer

Today we celebrate the third of five retired numbers at BYU in honor of Gifford Nielsen and Ty Detmer.

Gifford Nielsen

Freshman 1973; Sophomore 1975; Junior 1976; Senior 1977
6’5″, 203 pounds
Provo High School (Provo, Utah) Class of 1973
1976 Second Team All-American
3rd Round NFL Draft – Houston Oilers
College Football Hall of Fame


Ty Detmer

6’0″, 175 pounds
Freshman 1988; Sophomore 1989; Junior 1990; Senior 1991
Southwest High School (San Marcos, Texas) Class of 1988
1989 Honorable Mention All-American
1990 Heisman Trophy
1990 First Team All-American/Maxwell Trophy/Davey O’Brien Trophy
1991 First Team All-American/Davey O’Brien Trophy
9th Round NFL Draft – Green Bay Packers
2016- BYU Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach