Colton Underwood

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Colton Underwood
No. 35, 88
Position:Tight End
Personal information
Born: (1992-01-26) January 26, 1992 (age 26)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Career information
High school:Washington (IL) Community
College:Illinois State
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Colton Underwood (born January 26, 1992) is a former American football linebacker. He played college football at Illinois State and was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He also played for the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles. After retiring from football, Underwood was a contestant on the 14th season of The Bachelorette, and was then announced as the titular bachelor in the 23rd season of The Bachelor.

Early life and education[edit]

Underwood was born January 26, 1992 in Indianapolis, Indiana,[1] and grew up in Washington, Illinois.[2] Underwood attended Washington Community High School in Washington, Illinois and Illinois State University, where he played college football for the Illinois State Redbirds.[3]

Football career[edit]

On May 10, 2014, Underwood was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Chargers.[4] On August 30, 2014, he was waived. On September 3, 2014, Underwood was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad. On September 9, 2014, he was released from practice squad.[5]

On September 23, 2014, Underwood returned to the Chargers and was signed to the their practice squad. On December 29, 2014, he signed a future contract. On September 5, 2015, he was waived. On September 6, 2015, he was placed on injured reserve. On September 10, 2015, he was waived from injured reserve.[5][6]

On December 1, 2015, Underwood was signed to the Raiders' practice squad. On August 29, 2016, he was released by the Raiders.[5][7]

Reality television[edit]

Underwood was a contestant on the 14th season of The Bachelorette, starring Becca Kufrin.[8]

After getting eliminated in week eight after hometown dates, Underwood was cast in season five of Bachelor in Paradise.[9] After being linked to fellow contestant Tia Booth, Underwood broke it off, and both left Paradise separately in the 4th week.

On September 4, 2018, ABC announced Underwood would star in the 23rd season of The Bachelor.[10] The announcement received mixed reactions, with some on social media saying they would have preferred Blake Horstmann or Jason Tartick.[11][12]

On September 21, 2018, ABC announced that Colton had started filming The Bachelor and had already met three of his contestants on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[13][14]


In January 2016, Underwood founded the Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation to raise money for cystic fibrosis research and medical equipment.[15]

In January 2018, the foundation began the Legacy Project, with the goal of delivering Afflovests (chest wall oscillation devices which clear excess mucus from lung airways as part of the daily treatment for cystic fibrosis) to children.[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Underwood dated gymnast Aly Raisman before breaking up in 2017.[18] He has spoken publicly about having retained his virginity, and how appearing on The Bachelorette helped him discuss the topic.[19]


  1. ^ "Colton Underwood". NFL. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "About Colton". Washington, Illinois: Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation. Archived from the original on January 3, 2019. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  3. ^ Vlahos, Nick (March 22, 2018). "Nick in the AM: Washington's Colton Underwood is a 'Bachelorette' contestant". Journal Star. Peoria, Illinois: GateHouse Media. Archived from the original on January 3, 2019. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Villa, Marcelo (May 10, 2014). "San Diego Chargers Undrafted Free Agents: Need-to-Know Info for Every Signee". Bleacher Report. Archived from the original on January 3, 2019. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Colton Underwood". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference, Inc. Archived from the original on June 22, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  6. ^ Bair, Scott (August 29, 2016). "Raiders waive 14, place Holmes on IR; roster trimmed to 75". NBC Sports Bay Area. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions". Oakland Raiders. August 29, 2016. Archived from the original on September 9, 2017.
  8. ^ Ruiz, Steven (May 17, 2018). "2 ex-NFL players (including Aly Raisman's ex) will be on 'The Bachelorette'". USA Today. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  9. ^ Kristen Perrone (July 17, 2018). "Colton Will Be On 'Bachelor In Paradise,' So Get Your Wine & Popcorn Ready Now". Elite Daily. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  10. ^ Corriston, Michele (September 4, 2018). "Colton Underwood Is the Next Bachelor: 'Third Time's the Charm'". People. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  11. ^ "Twitter Has Mixed Reactions to Colton Underwood's Bachelor Casting". People. September 4, 2018.
  12. ^ "'No one wanted this': Viewers slam Colton Underwood as the next 'Bachelor'". Yahoo!. September 4, 2018.
  13. ^ Krolak, Mike (September 4, 2018). "Who Is the Next Bachelor 2019? It's Colton Underwood". ABC. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  14. ^ Bradley, Nina. "Colton Underwood Met 3 'Bachelor' Contestants On 'Ellen' & Things Got Wild — Video". Bustle. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  15. ^ Lee, Maddie (June 23, 2016). "Raiders' Colton Underwood tackles cystic fibrosis for cousin". San Francisco Chronicle. California. Archived from the original on January 3, 2019. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  16. ^ "50 AffloVests in 50 States, the Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation and International Biophysics partner to help Cystic Fibrosis patients" (Press release). International Biophysics Corporation. December 4, 2017. Retrieved September 11, 2018 – via / PRNewswire.
  17. ^ "About the Project". Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  18. ^ Huett, Wes (June 9, 2017). "Colton Underwood and Aly Raisman split up". Journal Star. Peoria, Illinois. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  19. ^ Corinthios, Aurelite (July 30, 2018). "The Bachelorette's Colton Underwood Breaks Down, Admits He Was 'Ashamed' of His Virginity". People. Retrieved January 3, 2019.

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