Tampa Bay Buccaneers
QB Kiel, former Bucs backup and Notre Dame star, dead at 50
COLUMBUS, Ind. - Blair Kiel, a backup quarterback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1984 after starring at Notre Dame, died Sunday. He was 50. Bartholmew County Coroner Allen Smith said Kiel died at Columbus Regional Hospital. Smith said an autopsy has been performed and that he's waiting on toxicology results and tissue samples to determine the cause of death. He was drafted by the Buccaneers in the 11th round in 1984. After spending one season in Tampa Bay, he also played with the Colts and Packers, retiring in 1991. Kiel never threw a pass in Tampa Bay, but made one start with the Colts and two starts in Green Bay. Overall, he appeared in 25 games during his five seasons.He completed 108 of 193 career passes for 1,296 yards and eight touchdowns and seven interceptions for his career. Kiel also averaged 37.1 yards on 17 punts for the Colts. After winning an Indiana state title in high school, Kiel played for the Irish from 1980 to 1983, starring as a quarterback and punter. His nephew, Gunner Kiel, is a freshman quarterback at Notre Dame. Funeral arrangements are pending.
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