Former Irish QB dies at 50
Former Notre Dame and NFL quarterback Blair Kiel died Sunday, according to reports.
Kiel, 50, died of natural causes, the Chicago Tribune and WISH-TV of Indianapolis reported. Notre Dame released a statement citing the newspaper’s and TV station’s reports of Kiel’s death.
Kiel, whose nephew Gunner is a highly regarded freshman recruit for Notre Dame, was at a relative’s house when 911 was called, according to the Tribune. He was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital where doctors were unable to revive him, Bartholomew County corner Allen Smith told the Tribune.
Smith told the Tribune a toxicology reports will take four to six weeks, while tissue sample tests are expected to return by the end of the week.
Kiel, a Columbus native, played for Notre Dame from 1980 to 1983. He threw for 3,650 yards with 17 touchdowns and 32 interceptions.
Kiel played for the Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers over parts of seven NFL seasons.
Kiel began his career with Tampa Bay, which selected him in the 11th round of the 1984 draft. He played for the Colts from 1985 to 1986, splitting time between quarterback and punting.
Kiel played eight games with the Packers.