Familiar foes for Ulbrich

More than likely, it’s not going to be just another Sunday for first-year special teams assistant Jeff Ulbrich.

In his coaching debut this weekend, Ulbrich will be facing the same 49ers team he played on for 10 years, marking an interesting circle-of-life moment for the special teams standout-turned-assistant coach. In 10 seasons with San Francisco, Ulbrich racked up 487 tackles while starring on special teams and playing linebacker before retiring in December and signing on as a Seahawks assistant in January.

He admits that it’ll be “cool” to see his former coaches teammates and coaches, and Ulbrich lights up when talking about the game — but not for the assumed reasons.

“There’s not really any extra emotional attachment for me, but it isn’t Sunday yet, so we’ll see,” Ulbrich said. “It’s my first game as a coach, the first game of the season, the first game for this new staff — it’s exciting in so many other ways than my personal ties.”


Seahawks special teams assistant Jeff Ulbrich played 10 seasons for the San Francisco 49ers, the opponent in the season opener on Sunday. [Photo courtesy of AP Images]


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