Former Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl champ dies at 41


Former Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Matt Ulrich hoists the Lombardi Trophy to celebrate a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI in Miami, Florida, on Sunday, February 4, 2007. Ulrich has died at age 41, Colts team owner Jim Irsay announced in a tweet shared Wednesday. (Gary W. Green/MCT)MCT

Former Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl champion Matt Ulrich has died at age 41, according to Colts team owner Jim Irsay. No cause of death was given.

“I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of Matt Ulrich,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said in a tweet posted 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.”

Ulrich was a reserve offensive lineman for the Colts during the 2005 and 2006 seasons, the latter of which ended with the Colts winning Super Bowl XLI, 29-17, over the Chicago Bears. He played in 10 games in his two seasons with the Colts after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Northwestern in April 2005.

While at Northwestern, the Streamwood, Illinois, native served as team captain during his senior season in 2004 and was also named to All-Big 10 Honorable Mention that year.

Following his NFL career, Ulrich co-founded DexaFit, a national chain of metabolic and body fat testing centers, and also served as chief growth officer and partner for Profitable Ideas Exchange, a Montana-based business management consulting firm.

Ulrich is survived by his wife, Alison, and their four sons, according to the Indianapolis Star.

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