No cause of death has been released. Ulrich left the game of football behind on top and with a Super Bowl ring that he earned offering protection for then-team quarterback Peyton Manning. He was a member of the Colts’ 2006 team, which defeated the Chicago Bears 29-17 in Super Bowl XLI. He played the entirety of his NFL career with the Colts during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Trai Essex, who played on the offensive line with Ulrich at Northwestern University before he went on to play seven seasons in the NFL, remembered his late teammate as a “brother” and said he is heartbroken.
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. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Cb21IkP1XT— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) November 8, 2023
“My heart is broken. My lineman brother. My NU brother. One of the best hearts you could ever hope to be around,” Essex said in a statement on social media. “Helped me to become the player I became. RIP Chesty.” Douglas Szymul, who also played at Northwestern with Ulrich, called his former teammate “larger than life.”
My heart is broken. My lineman brother. My NU brother. One of the best hearts you could ever hope to be around. Helped me to become the player I became. RIP Chesty https://t.co/wSKVPk3eWy— Trai Essex (@TraiDay79) November 8, 2023
According to Larry Hawley of WGN-TV, Ulrich was a team captain at Northwestern in 2004.
“Chest”, as we called him, was bigger than life – metaphorically and physically. One of the best who’ll be missed. Rest easy, bro. https://t.co/jdTXJ5R3LO— Douglas Szymul 🇺🇦🇵🇱 (@DouglasFresh49) November 8, 2023
The Chicago native leaves behind four sons, according to his professional page at the Montana business where he worked.
A native of Streamwood, Ulrich was a captain for Northwestern in 2004 and was a member of the Colts’ 2006 Super Bowl championship team. https://t.co/rO2fdYnOjy— Larry Hawley (@HawleySports) November 8, 2023
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.