Super Bowl Champion Talks About Life After Football
Matt Ulrich is retired from the NFL, and is the Director of Operations/Sports Performance at Winning Edge Athletics in Chicago, IL; which he started in 2007. In 2011 Matt also became Co-Founder of Dexa Fit: Body Fat Testing & Metabolic Analysis.The Dexa Fit wellness center is one of the first of its kind in the United States.
A pioneer of top notch health, performance, and wellness; Ulrich was named Northwesten University team captain in 2004 and earned All-Big Ten Honorable Mention. He was named National Strength and Conditioning All-American in 2004 and still holds many Northwestern weight room records including squat (715), bench press (475), and incline press (425).
Earning a roster spot as an undrafted free agent on the Inianapolis Colts from 2005-2007. Ulrich saw time in 13 games including post season action in the 2005 season. Ulrich became a World Champion in 2006, when the Colts won SB XLI againg the Chicago Bears.
Ulrich graduated in 2000 from Streamwood High School, where he won All-State and All-Midwest honors in football and also competed in the shot put. Ulrich was also a three time Academic All-State in Illinois.
What college or university did you attend?
What college sport did you play?
Football, Team Captain Offensive Line; Honorable Mention All-Big Ten, Indianapolis Colts 2005-2007, SB XLI CHAMPION
What are the most important lessons you learned through sports?
Most importantly I learned how to work as a unit, the true meaning of hard work, and what is means to be a leader through actions, words, and thought.
What did you learn through sports that your “formal” education did not teach you?
Sports have taught me many life lessons you cannot get in the classroom, even at a top notch university like Northwestern. The biggest lesson being that you must train for any goal your strive for. Whether it is to be in the NFL, bench 500lbs., or own a successful business you must have a game plan and strategy to succeed.
How is business like sports?
You must learn how to best utilize your role. If you have a talent use that strength and if you can surround yourself with other talented people you will develop a great team. Great teams breed success in any realm.
How have sports helped you become successful in your field?
I train athletes and teach people how to achieve optimal body composition so without my background in the weight room and on the football field; I would not be able to motivate my clientele in the manner.
What advice do you have for same student-athletes?
Being an athlete is an amazing experience, but it has a finish line. Being a student never ends; so choose a major wisely. If you want to major in something easy like “basket weaving” go for it, but realize you are minimizing your earning potential later in life. Go for the gold in academic and sports!!
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