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Matt Ulrich Dead at 41: Late NFL Star’s Wife Pens Heartfelt Tribute

Matt Ulrich Dead at 41: Late NFL Star’s Wife Pens Heartfelt Tribute

Matt Ulrich’s widow wrote out a very touching tribute to her late husband on Wednesday, one day after he was pronounced dead. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay broke the news about Ulrich.

Ulrich was on the Colts team that won the 2007 Super Bowl. He was confirmed dead on Nov. 8. No cause of death has been released at this time. Ulrich’s wife Alison wrote a note in the wake of his death. Her message appeared on Facebook.

“Our beloved, one of a kind Matt has passed away and is in a better place,” Alison Ulrich, who shares four sons with her late husband, wrote, according to ENews and the Indianapolis Star. “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. (And) One more laugh. One more joke. One more wrestle with the boys. It seems impossible to do this life without you.

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

Ulrich’s death caught a lot of people by surprise and shock. As we said, Irsay made the official announcement in a social media message on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Colts Owner Jim Irsay Fondly Recalled Ulrich

“Matt was with us only two seasons, but left his mark on many,” Irsay wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, Nov. 8. “Great guy, I hear he was a great dad—and he was a Super Bowl champ. My prayers to his family.”

Ulrich had been living with his family in Montana.

Ulrich reportedly worked as a chief growth officer and partner for Profitable Ideas Exchange. Altogether, as part of his company profile, Ulrich stated that spending time with his sons was the “highlight” of his life.

“I also invest my time in helping young athletes in our area reach their full potential through coaching and training,” Ulrich added, “this is one of my true passions.”

“My heart is broken,” wrote Trai Essex, Ulrich’s college teammate at Northwestern, the New York Daily News reports. “My lineman brother. (And) My NU brother. One of the best hearts you could ever hope to be around. Helped me to become the player I became.”

At any rate, Ulrich moved himself and his family to Bozeman, Mont. Upon winning the Super Bowl, Ulrich took a moment for himself. “I had to remind myself to take one moment for myself — it was good advice I got from someone that if you do win it, take that last moment to look back at the tunnel and just look at the scoreboard, look at the field, and just know you’re at the pinnacle of sports,” Ulrich told Montana Sports in 2019.