Matt Ulrich, Former Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl Champ, Dies At 41


Matt Ulrich, a former star of the Indianapolis Colts and Super Bowl champion, passed away, the team’s owner Jim Irsay announced on Wednesday. He was 41.

“I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of Matt Ulrich. Matt was with us only two seasons, but left his mark on many,” Irsay wrote in a post on X. “Great guy, I hear he was a great dad — and he was a Super Bowl champ. My prayers to his family.”

The cause of the demise is not known.

Originally from Illinois, Ulrich captained Northwestern University’s football team in 2004 before becoming an undrafted free agent and signing with the Colts the following season. The offensive guard played for the Colts for two seasons. He was a member of the 2006 squad that defeated the Chicago Bears in the 2007 Super Bowl, which also featured quarterback Peyton Manning.

Ulrich was wed and has four sons by previous marriage.

His wife, Alison, wrote a tribute on Facebook, saying: “Our beloved, One of a kind Matt has passed away and is in a better place,” The Indianapolis Star reported.

“Matt, we love you so so much. You are profoundly missed. We all want you back for just one more day. One more hug. One more kiss. One more laugh. One more joke. One more wrestle with the boys. It seems impossible to do this life without you,” she wrote.

“Please pray for peace and comfort for the boys. They have lost their greatest fan, coach and friend,” she continued.

Ulrich was a partner and chief growth officer at Profitable Ideas Exchange in Bozeman, Montana, where he most recently resided.

According to his company bio, he participated in a Harvard football player health study and received executive education certification from Stanford and Harvard Business School.

Ulrich’s four children and coaching were listed as his greatest passions in his company bio.

“Keeping up with my four pre-teen sons is the highlight of my life and keeps me on my toes. 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,” Ulrich said.

“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 continued.

He also touched on his successful football career, which instilled in him “the importance of teamwork, grit, and leadership.”