Former Indianapolis Colts star and Super Bowl champion, Matt Ulrich, has passed away at the age of 41, as announced by Colts owner Jim Irsay on Wednesday.
Ulrich, originally from Illinois, served as the captain for Northwestern University’s football team in 2004 before joining the Colts in 2005 as an undrafted free agent. He spent two seasons with the team, notably contributing to the 2006 Super Bowl XLI victory against the Chicago Bears alongside quarterback Peyton Manning.
The cause of Ulrich’s death has not been disclosed. Colts owner Jim Irsay expressed his condolences on Twitter, remembering Ulrich as a great guy and a Super Bowl champ. Ulrich is survived by his wife, Alison, and their four sons.
Alison Ulrich shared a heartfelt tribute on Facebook, expressing the family’s profound love for Matt and the difficulty of facing life without him. She requested prayers for peace and comfort for their sons, who have lost their greatest fan, coach, and friend.
In Bozeman, Montana, where he last resided, Ulrich worked as the chief growth officer and partner at Profitable Ideas Exchange. His company bio highlighted his executive education certification from Stanford and Harvard Business School, as well as his involvement in the Harvard Football Players Health Study.
Ulrich emphasized the joy he found in his four children and coaching, describing them as the highlights of his life. He dedicated time to helping young athletes in the area reach their full potential through coaching and training. Additionally, he mentioned his commitment to fitness, sharing his accomplishment of bench-pressing 505 pounds at the age of 40, stating that the pursuit of goals doesn’t stop.
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Reflecting on his football career, Ulrich acknowledged the values instilled in him by the sport, including the importance of teamwork, grit, and leadership.