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Ben Utecht
No. --     Free Agent
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: June 30, 1981 (1981-06-30) (age 28)
Place of birth: Rochester, Minnesota
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
College: Minnesota
Undrafted in 2004
Debuted in 2005 for the Indianapolis Colts
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2008
Receptions     87
Receiving Yards     923
Touchdowns     3
Stats at NFL.com

Benjamin Jeffrey Utecht (born June 30, 1981 in Rochester, Minnesota) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. 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.

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Early years

Utecht graduated from Hastings Senior High School in Hastings, Minnesota.

College career

Utecht became a four-year starter at the University of Minnesota, starting 35 of 44 games and playing in the Music City Bowl.

Professional career

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Indianapolis Colts

He signed as a free agent with the Colts on April 30, 2004.

Utecht became a restricted free agent in the 2008 offseason.

Cincinnati Bengals

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.

Personal

The son of a Methodist Minister,[1] Utecht recorded a Christian album, released in May 5, 2009.[2]

His wife, Karyn (Stordahl) of Owatonna, Minnesota, also attended the University of Minnesota and was Miss Minnesota, 2005. Ben and Karyn are parents to a baby girl, Bella Grace. She was born March 1, 2009.[3]

When Utecht played for the Indianapolis Colts he went to Connection Pointe Christian Church of Brownsburg in Brownsburg, Indiana.

References

  1. ^ James, Tom (22 December 2007). "Singing a Passion for Colts' Punter, Tight End". Tribune-Star. http://www.tribstar.com/sports/local_story_356234147.html. Retrieved 29 March 2009.  
  2. ^ "Charley Walters: Tayler Hill Harrows Her College Choices Down to Final Four". St. Paul Pioneer Press (www.twincities.com). 24 March 2009. http://www.twincities.com/ci_11988941?source=most_viewed. Retrieved 29 March 2009.  
  3. ^ . www.benutecht.com. 24 March 2009. http://benutecht.com/BlogNews/tabid/1125/EntryId/127/Welcome-Elleora-Grace.aspx.  

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