COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH/AP) - A former Colts player was found dead in a Columbus home Sunday morning.
Blair Kiel died before noon on Sunday at the home of a family friend as they were gathering for Easter dinner.
The Bartholomew County Coroner has performed the autopsy and said the cause of death has been ruled natural. Toxicology reports are pending, which will take 4-6 weeks.
After leading Columbus East High School to a state title as a senior in 1979, Kiel played for the Irish from 1980-83, completing 297 of 609 passes for 3,650 yards with 17 touchdowns and 32 interceptions. He set the record for the longest pass in Notre Dame history with a 96-yarder to Joe Howard against Georgia Tech in 1981.
Kiel also averaged 40.67 yards on 260 punts, and had five rushing TDs for Notre Dame.
Drafted by Tampa Bay in the 11th round in 1984, Kiel made three starts and appeared in 25 games in five seasons with the Buccaneers, Colts and Packers from 1984 to 1991. He completed 108 of 193 career passes for 1,296 yards and eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Kiel also averaged 37.1 yards on 17 punts for the Colts.
His nephew, Gunner Kiel, is a freshman quarterback at Notre Dame.