Utecht at the 2013 Minnesota Gophers Alumni Flag Football Game
No. 47, 86, 81
|Date of birth:June 30, 1981|
|Place of birth: Rochester, Minnesota|
|Undrafted in 2004|
|Debuted in 2005 for the Indianapolis Colts|
|Last played in 2009 for the Cincinnati Bengals|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2008
|Birth name||Benjamin Jeffrey Utecht|
|Born||June 30, 1981|
|Origin||Rochester, Minnesota, United States|
Benjamin Jeffrey Utecht (born June 30, 1981 in Rochester, Minnesota) is an American football player and singer. Utecht was a tight end for the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals. He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at Minnesota. Utecht has also played for the Cincinnati Bengals. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Colts in Super Bowl XLI.
He signed as a free agent with the Colts on April 30, 2004. Utecht did not see much action in the 2004 and 2005 seasons. His best season was the 2006 season, with 37 receptions for 377 yards. In the 2006 postseason, Utecht had 5 receptions for 41 yards. He would then go on to help the Colts win Super Bowl XLI. In 2007, he caught 31 receptions for 364 yards and a touchdown. Utecht became a restricted free agent in the 2008 offseason.
On March 14, the Cincinnati Bengals signed him to an offer sheet believed to be worth $9 million over three seasons. The Colts had seven days to match the contract and retain Utecht, but the March 21 deadline passed and Utecht became a member of the Bengals. Prior to the start of the 2009 season, Utecht suffered a concussion during practice, which was aired on the HBO Television show "Hard Knocks". On August 31, 2009, Utecht was placed on the injured reserve list for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was released on November 17 with an injury settlement.
Ben Utecht – receiving statistics
Following his fifth concussion, Utecht ended his football career to focus on a second career in music. He maintained an interest in performing throughout high school, college and his professional football career and had intended to pursue a musical career after football. Utecht has recorded several albums including a Christmas album and went on tour in January of 2012. He was featured on the cover of the March/April 2012 issue of Making Music Magazine.
His wife, Karyn (Stordahl) of Owatonna, Minnesota, also attended the University of Minnesota and was Miss Minnesota, 2005. Ben and Karyn are parents to three daughters, Elleora Grace (b. March 1, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio) and twins Katriel Beverlee and Amy Joan (b. November 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee).
Traumatic Brain Injury
Utecht, who suffered five known concussions during his football career, was already experiencing memory loss by late 2011, when he was 30 years old. Utecht has said that he might have quit football earlier had he known of the potential risks of multiple concussions. Utecht describes himself as an advocate for awareness about traumatic brain injury.
- James, Tom (22 December 2007). "Singing a Passion for Colts' Punter, Tight End". Tribune-Star. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
- "Charley Walters: Tayler Hill Harrows Her College Choices Down to Final Four". St. Paul Pioneer Press (www.twincities.com). 24 March 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
- "Benjamin Utecht". benutecht.com. 24 March 2009.[dead link]
- "the twins have arrived! Every one is healthy! Katriel Beverlee and Amy Joan, what an amazing experience!". twitter.com. 9 November 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- Brady, Erik (20 December 2011). "Ex-NFL player Benjamin Utecht battling memory loss". USA Today. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
- "Ben Utecht's Twitter page". Retrieved 7 November 2013.
- Ben Utecht's Official Website
- Ben Utecht's Stylos Records page
- Cincinnati Bengals bio
- Indianapolis Colts bio