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Former NFL quarterback Blair Kiel dies at 50

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Blair Kiel, a quarterback who played for the Buccaneers, Colts and Packers, died on Sunday at the age of 50.

WISH-TV in Indianapolis reports that Kiel died Easter morning, apparently of a heart attack, at the home of a family friend.

After a college career at Notre Dame, Kiel was chosen by Tampa Bay in the 11th round of the 1984 NFL draft. He would later play as both a quarterback and a punter for the Colts before finishing his NFL career with the Packers. Kiel played in 25 NFL games, starting three, and completed 108 of 193 passes for 1,296 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. He averaged 37.1 yards on 17 punts for the Colts.

Kiel is the uncle of current Notre Dame quarterback Gunner Kiel.

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10 Responses to “Former NFL quarterback Blair Kiel dies at 50”
  1. randomguy9999 says: Apr 9, 2012 7:52 AM

    Its crazy how young a lot of these guys die….. Rip…

  2. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Apr 9, 2012 8:16 AM

    This is somehow Gregg Williams fault

  3. bearsoxass says: Apr 9, 2012 9:10 AM

    RIP …….

  4. Jim says: Apr 9, 2012 9:55 AM

    Average lifespan of an NFL player is 52. All the money that they’re paid is not worth it.

  5. jacobslatter says: Apr 9, 2012 10:33 AM

    Sure are a lot of people leaving this plane via heart attacks. Time for everyone to change to healthier diets and such to alter this trend.

  6. dexterismyhero says: Apr 9, 2012 10:43 AM

    Played more collee games then pro games I believe. Had several issues over the last 5-10 years though.

  7. brasho says: Apr 9, 2012 1:32 PM

    Jim says:
    Apr 9, 2012 9:55 AM
    Average lifespan of an NFL player is 52. All the money that they’re paid is not worth it.


    Pffft! What’s the average lifespan of firefighters, coal miners, and soldiers? They aren’t even paid peanuts and it is their actual jobs that take their lives, not failing to take care of their health like Kiel who was a backup for a very short while in the NFL.

  8. thehatefulnerd says: Apr 9, 2012 1:36 PM

    Packers fans remember him fondly as the alternative to Chuck Fusina. Neither of whom had much of an arm. Great guy though.

  9. kdlr12 says: Apr 9, 2012 7:00 PM

    Poor guy, just the way of life…..

  10. bucwild05 says: Apr 9, 2012 8:08 PM

    Hate to hear these stories. Wish his family the best in dealing with this.

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