Ulbrich in August 2002
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Jeff Ulbrich (born February 17, 1977 in San Jose) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He played for the San Francisco 49ers from 2000 to 2009. He was drafted by the 49ers in the 3rd round (86th overall) in the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Hawaii. Ulbrich is currently the Seattle Seahawks' special teams assistant.
Playing career[edit | edit source]
Early years[edit | edit source]
Ulbrich attended Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California, and lettered three times in football and twice in wrestling. In football he was a First-team All-League and team MVP. In wrestling, he won a league title (191 pounds).
College[edit | edit source]
Ulbrich redshirted in his lone season at San Jose State before transferring to Gavilan Community College. He earned first-team All-Conference and team MVP in lone season at Gavilan Community College in Gilroy, California. He was a two-year starter at Hawaii. He earned All-WAC first-team selection and team co-captain as a senior. He started all 12 games at middle linebacker. He led the conference with a school season record 169 tackles (42 solo) his senior year. Ulbrich set a school record with 127 assisted tackles, breaking the old mark of 97. He ranked third in the league with eight sacks for 67 yards. He had 15 tackles for loss (58 yards). He was credited with eight quarterback pressures, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. He returned two interceptions for 38 yards and had one pass defensed. He played in seven games, starting three at strong side inside linebacker as a junior. He finished with 41 tackles (28 solo), including a nine-yard sack. He caused and recovered a fumble.
Professional[edit | edit source]
San Francisco 49ers[edit | edit source]
Ulbrich was drafted out of the University of Hawaii by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round (86th pick overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft. He saw action in only four games during his rookie season due to a right shoulder injury. He won the starting job in 2001. In 2005, he started only five games at inside linebacker before missing the remainder of the season with a torn biceps muscle. He started in 9 out of 16 games in 2006. Ulbrich took a backup role to first round pick Patrick Willis, and also had an impact on special teams. He was placed on injured reserve on October 19, 2009 after he suffered a concussion. Ulbrich announced his plans to retire as a result of the concussion on December 9, and he has said that he would like to become a college football coach one day.
Coaching career[edit | edit source]
Ulbrich was hired by the Seattle Seahawks as a special teams assistant on January 29, 2010.