- Matt Ulrich’s death was announced on Wednesday by Colts owner Jim Irsay
- His wife – and mother of his four sons – has posted a tribute on Facebook
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Matt Ulrich’s widow Alison has posted a heartbreaking tribute to her late husband – a former Super Bowl winner with the Indianapolis Colts – after his shock death at age 41.
Ulrich’s cause of death has not been revealed but he leaves behind his wife Alison and their four young sons.
In a post on social media, shared by a family friend and reported by IndyStar, Alison wrote: ‘As many of you know, one of a kind Matt has passed away and is in a better place.
‘Matt, we love you 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.
‘Please pray for peace and comfort for the boys. They have lost their greatest fan, coach and friend.
Matt Ulrich’s widow Alison has posted a heartbreaking tribute to her late husband
Ulrich, a Super Bowl winner with the Indianapolis Colts, passed away this week at the age of 41
Ulrich won the Super Bowl with the Colts – here, he is pictured holding the trophy back in 2007
‘I don’t have details on a service yet but will post here when I do. Thank you to everyone for reaching out and offering help. We appreciate it and are surrounded in love.’
Her post was shared by a family friend, who was urging people to support Alison through a fundraiser that has been set up.
At the time of writing, it has raised nearly $40,000 with the CEO of the company Ulrich worked for at the time of his passing donating $20,000.
Ulrich’s death was first announced by Jim Irsay, the owner of the Colts team Ulrich played for in the NFL.
Irsay wrote on X: ‘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.’
Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29-17 in the final, allowing Ulrich to get his hands on the Vince Lombardi trophy.
Ulrich played as an offensive guard for the Colts and after retiring from the sport, forged a career in the fitness industry. He appeared in just 10 games in his NFL career but during that time, got his hands on the ultimate prize.
Speaking about his move away from football in a Montana Sports interview, Ulrich said: ‘I’d love to tell you that I could have played for another decade… the NFL stands for ‘Not For Long.’
‘I tell the athletes I work with, have something past football.’
He said being a part of the run with the Colts to the Super Bowl was his proudest moment outside of his family commitments, telling Montana Sports in 2019: ‘One of the best days outside the four of my four children’s births and my wedding.
One of the best days of my life was just knowing we punched the ticket to the Super Bowl.’