The Indianapolis Colts and the broader NFL community are grappling with the untimely death of Matt Ulrich, a former offensive lineman and Super Bowl champion, who passed away at the age of 41. Colts owner Jim Irsay shared his condolences on social media, highlighting Ulrich’s impact both on and off the field. As of now, the cause of his death remains unknown.
In a heartfelt statement, Irsay expressed, “I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of Matt Ulrich. 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.”
From Undrafted to Super Bowl Glory
Matt Ulrich’s journey to the NFL was a testament to determination and resilience. Starting as an undrafted agent with the Indianapolis Colts, he showcased his skills during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. His efforts culminated in a Super Bowl victory against the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI, marking a pinnacle moment in his professional football career.
Despite a relatively short NFL tenure, spanning ten games over two seasons, Ulrich’s impact resonated with teammates and fans alike.
Post-NFL, Ulrich ventured into a new chapter in Montana, where he assumed the role of chief growth officer and partner with PIE. Beyond the field, he emphasized the importance of life after football, serving as a player advisor for the Harvard Football Players Health study. Ulrich continued his educational pursuits, earning certifications from renowned institutions such as Stanford and Harvard Business School.
A former Northwestern captain, Ulrich is remembered not only for his athletic achievements but also for his contributions off the field. His dedication to family, including his four pre-teen sons, and his commitment to community initiatives showcased his multifaceted character. His passing is a poignant moment, leaving a void in the hearts of those who knew him and those inspired by his story of perseverance, zest for life, and unwavering devotion to family and community.