In a poignant announcement, former Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman and Super Bowl champion, Matt Ulrich, has passed away at the age of 41. This heartbreaking news was shared by none other than Colts owner Jim Irsay, who remembered Ulrich as not just a formidable player but also a remarkable human being.
Matt Ulrich’s journey in the NFL was nothing short of remarkable. Born to defy the odds, he signed with the Colts as an undrafted agent, and his dedication and passion for the game soon made him an integral part of the team. His legacy is etched in the hearts of Colts fans, and his story serves as an inspiration to aspiring athletes worldwide.
Ulrich’s time with the Colts spanned two memorable seasons, from 2005 to 2006, culminating in a triumphant victory at Super Bowl XLI. It was on February 4, 2007, when Matt Ulrich hoisted the Lombardi Trophy, celebrating the Colts’ historic win over the Chicago Bears. In that exhilarating moment, confetti rained down in Colts blue, and Ulrich had a chance to savor the pinnacle of sports.
Reflecting on that extraordinary experience, Ulrich once said in a 2019 interview with Montanasports.com, “Seeing the confetti come down in Colts colors and being able to hold the Lombardi Trophy, everyone being on the field, I had to remind myself to take one moment for myself… It was quite an awesome feeling.”
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. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Cb21IkP1XT
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) November 8, 2023
Though his NFL career spanned just two seasons, Ulrich’s determination and unwavering spirit left a lasting impact. He acknowledged the unforgiving nature of the NFL, where roster spots are scarce, and the competition is fierce. He remarked, “I’d love to tell you that I could have played for another decade. But the fact of the matter is, and I’ve probably said this to you before, that the NFL stands for ‘Not For Long.'”
After leaving the NFL, Ulrich’s journey continued, taking him to Montana, where he became the chief growth officer and partner with PIE. But his commitment to football never waned. He served as a player advisor for the Harvard Football Players Health study and earned education certifications from Stanford in strategic marketing management and from Harvard Business School in leading professional service firms.
Matt Ulrich’s dedication extended beyond the football field into his personal life. He was a loving father to four pre-teen sons, a testament to his character as a family man.
As we remember Matt Ulrich, we are reminded that his legacy extends far beyond his achievements on the football field. His story serves as a source of inspiration for those who dare to dream and persevere against all odds. Ulrich’s indomitable spirit and unwavering commitment to excellence have left an indelible mark on the NFL and the hearts of football enthusiasts everywhere.
In this time of reflection and remembrance, we honor the life and legacy of Matt Ulrich, a Super Bowl champion, a dedicated family man, and a shining example of what it means to never give up on one’s dreams. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family as they navigate this difficult time. Matt Ulrich’s memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew him and in the annals of NFL history.