"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," Irsay wrote on his X account Wednesday (November 8).
Ulrich played for the Colts during both of his two NFL seasons, signing as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and appearing in 10 career regular-season games, including five during the team's Super Bowl XLI season in 2006.
Ulrich had a decorated collegiate career at Northwestern University, which included being named team captain and All-Big Ten Honorable mention in 2004. The Illinois native was also named as a National Strength and Conditioning All-American during his final collegiate season and still holds the Northwestern football team records for squad (715), bench press (475) and incline press (425).
Ulrich was also a decorated high school athlete, having won All-State and All-Midwest honors for football, being named as a three-time Academic All-State in Illinois and also competing in the shot put for the Streamwood High School track and field team.