Matt Ulrich, an offensive lineman on the Indianapolis Colts' 2006 championship team, died at the age of 41.
Ulrich's death was confirmed Wednesday by Colts owner Jim Irsay on social media.
Chicago-area native and Super Bowl champ Matt Ulrich dead at 41 https://t.co/8BcSyDb1Fx
— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) November 9, 2023
"Ulrich attended Northwestern and signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played five games that season and played in five games in 2006," Fox News reported.
"In his post-NFL career, he was co-founder of DexaFit — a company that utilizes technology to give people an analysis of their bodies — and was the chief growth officer and partner of Profitable Ideas Exchange, which helps businesses accelerate their growth and navigate the landscapes of their fields," it added.
Super Bowl Champ and Former Indianapolis Colts Star Matt Ulrich is Dead at 41https://t.co/Oox7TCo19d
— Truthseeker (@Xx17965797N) November 9, 2023
"I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of Matt Ulrich,” Irsay wrote on X Wednesday.
“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," he added.
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Ulrich also focused on his family during his post-NFL career, according to his company's bio page.
“Keeping up with my four preteen sons is the highlight of my life and keeps me on my toes,” he wrote.
“I also invest my time in helping young athletes in our area reach their full potential through coaching and training — this is one of my true passions. I can also often be found at the gym, where I recently bench-pressed 505 pounds at the age of 40 — the goal-setting doesn’t stop!” he added.
Ulrich's cause of death was not noted in the announcement of his death. He leaves behind a wife and four sons. He appeared to have been living in Bozeman, Montana at the time of his passing where he helped lead his business and family.
The loss of the former Colts player leaves sadness among the team's fans who remember his playing years as some of the franchise's best. Though he only played two seasons, his Super Bowl victory marks him among the few who hold the honor, leaving behind a career to celebrate as family and friends mourn his sudden passing.