Servite graduate, Stanford Hall of Fame athlete, Super Bowl Champion, business owner: Dr. Blaine Nye Ph.D., forever a Friar.
Nye ’64 was a football standout while at Servite. He fondly remembers Servite as “A place where students were important and teachers pushed you to make yourself better.” Nye shared, “The Priests were big brothers, they always had your best interests at heart and took care of you.”
Servite helped to prepare Nye for his future endeavors by teaching him leadership both on the field and in the classroom. “All of the things you need to become a leader fall into place when you go to Servite,” said Nye.
Nye continued onto Stanford University where he played college football and studied Physics. While at Stanford, Nye excelled on the field being named First-Team All-Pac-8 in 1967. Later, Nye was inducted into the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame, the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame and named to Stanford’s All-Century team.
Nye’s playing career did not end at the college level, in 1968 the Dallas Cowboys drafted him in the fifth round. During his time with the Cowboys, Nye played nine seasons, 125 games and competed in three Super Bowls and two Pro Bowls.
“People get bigger and faster,” said Nye about playing football at the different levels, “It’s the same game, it’s the ability and skills that take years to acquire.”
Nye was touted as one of the smartest players in the NFL as he earned two masters degrees during his playing career. After retirement in 1976, Nye returned to Stanford to earn his Ph.D. in finance. His favorite memory of the program, “being the oldest Ph.D. student in the class.”
After completing his third degree, Nye founded the Stanford Consulting Group Inc. (SCG). Nye continues to work there today with his son, Zachary Nye, who has followed in his footsteps. SCG has provided economic analysis, litigation support and expert testimony to clients since 1981.
Servite is proud to honor Blaine Nye for his professional and athletic success; a true leader and role model for future Friars.