Ben Utecht, losing memory, writes song to family

Former Minnesota and NFL tight end Ben Utecht, 33, is losing his memory as a result of concussions. A singer since his retirement in 2009, Utecht recently dedicated a song to his wife and three daughters. It’s called “You Will Always Be My Girls,” and it’s an emotional song about a possible time when Utecht will no longer be able to remember his family. Watch the video in this post.

[ MORE: Get all of our popular Gone Viral posts ]

Talk about a powerful song. Utecht says he wrote it, both for his family and to give other families hope who are facing similar situations.

“It has really become an anthem — not only for me, but so many that are affected by brain disease, which is 1 in 6,” Utecht said, according to “People don’t realize that. One in six are affected by brain disease. It’s really been a song of hope for people. That’s why it was written.”

If you reached for a tissue while watching the video, there’s this: The woman in the video is Utecht’s wife, Karyn, playing herself.

All the best to Utecht and his family!

h/t: @wischlist

About Brent Yarina senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (6 Comments)
Sandra on 7/8/2014 @ 4:08pm EDT Said:

There are no words more powerful than this expression of love tinged with the sadness of knowing what’s coming. Wow!!

molly peterson on 7/9/2014 @ 1:39pm EDT Said:

Wow…great tribute to his family. Makes me proud to be a MN gopher!

tracey robertson on 7/9/2014 @ 4:28pm EDT Said:

Dear God, this man has given an extremely power gift to the world with this video. He and his family have a tremendous journey that they need to embark on, I pray that they know you, and know that you have a plan for them. I pray that they allow your grace, and love to lead them on that journey, and use your Son’s arms to hold them close, and His shoulders to carry them. In Jesus Name, Amen. ~ Just Me

Beth Kelzer on 7/10/2014 @ 1:32am EDT Said:

Tears and prayer showers your way.

Scott on 7/10/2014 @ 2:53pm EDT Said:

Hawkeye fans are rooting for you and your family always. Enjoyed watching you in your gopher days. Take care and God bless

great2bahawkeye on 8/8/2014 @ 10:59am EDT Said:

Well if this doesn’t bring everything into perspective, nothing ever will. God bless you and your family. Hopefully the worst case scenario never arrives.