Updated: 07/01/2014 5:07 PM KSTP.com By: Megan Stewart
Photo: Photo: YouTube/Screenshot
A Super Bowl Champion and Hastings-native wrote a love letter to his wife and daughters and put it in a song.
Ben Utecht said he started experiencing memory loss at age 29, after a football career in which he sustained five documented concussions and innumerable dings to the head.
The now 33-year-old penned the ballad, titled "You'll Always be my Girls," for the four women to have in the event his memory keeps disintegrating. It was published on YouTube June 26.
As of Tuesday, it had been viewed over 125,000 times.
Earlier this month, Utecht told a Senate hearing he fears where his history of brain injuries will leave him in the future.
"It took losing my mind to care about my mind," he testified.
The former four-year starter at the University of Minnesota was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He won a Super Bowl with the team in 2007.
He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals. He suffered his last career concussion during a practice before the 2009 season, which aired on HBO's "Hard Knocks."
He was placed on the injured reserve list on Aug. 31, 2009, and was then subsequently released with in injury settlement in November of that same year.
The video features Utecht, along with his wife and daughters, chronicling the journey through his diagnosis until his death at an early age.
Utecht plays the piano and sings during the video. He has also released another single, "Man Up."