Former Notre Dame quarterback Blair Kiel has passed away at the age of 50. He died on Easter Sunday in Columbus, Indiana, and no cause of death has been given. The coroner is awaiting toxicology and tissue sample reports before determining the cause.
Reportedly, Kiel collapsed at an Easter dinner at a friend’s house and was later pronounced dead at Columbus Regional Hospital.
At Notre Dame, he holds records for the longest pass play which was 96 yards in 1981, and he is their 6th all time passing leader.
After playing for Notre Dame between 1980 and 1983, he went on to play in the NFL as a punter and back-up quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buc’s , Indianapolis Colts, and Green Bay Packers.
Kiel retired from football in 1993 after stints in the Canadian and Arena football leagues.
Blair Kiel’s son Brandon played quarterback in high school and earned a scholarship to Indiana University. He also has three nephews who are doing very well in football. First, Gunner Kiel, is the top-rated quarterback out of high school according to ESPN Scouts Inc. and has committed to the University of Notre Dame. Second, Drew Kiel was the QB at Illinois State and the third nephew earned a football scholarship to Indiana University like his son.