Blair Kiel, a backup quarterback for the Green Bay Packers in the early 1990s, and of the last Pack signal callers to start at the position before Brett Favre began his phenomenal streak has died. Kiel last started for the Packers in 1991. Favre took over the position from 1992-2007.
Kiel passed away in Columbus, Ind., of what Bartholomew County authorities said was a heart attack. He also had Crohn’s disease. Blair Kiel’s nephew, Gunner Kiel, is a freshman quarterback on the 2012 Notre Dame football roster, and was the nation’s top rated signal caller by most recruiting services.
Kiel played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from 1980-83 and started all or major parts of all four seasons, qualifying him as the first four-year starter for Notre Dame at the quarterback position since Gus Dorais in 1910-13. He completed 297 career throws (only Terry Hanratty with 304 had completed more at the time Kiel finished his college career) on 609attempts for 3,650 yards, 17 touchdowns and 32 interceptions.
Kiel was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1984 and played for the Indianapolis Colts in 1985 and 1986.
Calling will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street.
Funeral services will be private. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery in Seymour.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Indiana.
A complete obituary will appear in Wednesday’s edition of The Columbus Republic.
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