The NFL world is mourning the loss of Matt Ulrich, a former offensive guard who won a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006. He passed away on Wednesday at the age of 41, according to Jim Irsay, the Colts owner. The cause of his death has not been disclosed yet.
Irsay expressed his sadness on X shortly after the news broke … saying that Ulrich made a lasting impression on the organization, even though he was only with the team for two seasons.
“I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of Matt Ulrich,” Irsay wrote in an emotional post. “Matt was with us only two seasons, but left his mark on many.”
“Great guy, I hear he was a great dad—and he was a Super Bowl champ. My prayers to his family.”
Matt Ulrich’s NFL Career
Matt Ulrich was a standout athlete at Streamwood High School in Illinois earning high accolades in football and shot put before going to Northwestern.
Ulrich – who was not drafted – signed with Indy in 2005 … playing in 10 games in his career, and winning the Super Bowl with Peyton Manning and Co. at Super Bowl XLI. His final game in the NFL was Super Bowl XLI, where the Colts defeated the Bears 29-17.
He started a fitness company after retiring and also pursued other business ventures.
A fundraiser was launched to help Ulrich’s family after his unexpected death … raising almost $30,000 in less than a day. Ulrich moved to Bozeman, Mont. with his wife, Alison, after his NFL career ended. They had four children together.
Matt Ulrich worked for Profitable Ideas Exchange, a professional development company in Bozeman. He also served as a player advisor on the Harvard Football Players Health study, a continuous medical research of former NFL players after they retire from the league. Ulrich leaves behind his wife Alison Ulrich and their four boys.
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