|No. 35, 88|
|Born:||January 26, 1992|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|High school:||Washington (IL) Community|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
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
Underwood was born January 26, 1992 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and grew up in Washington, Illinois. Underwood attended Washington Community High School in Washington, Illinois and Illinois State University, where he played college football for the Illinois State Redbirds.
On May 10, 2014, Underwood was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Chargers. 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.
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.
After getting eliminated in week eight after hometown dates, Underwood was cast in season five of Bachelor in Paradise. 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. The announcement received mixed reactions, with some on social media saying they would have preferred Blake Horstmann or Jason Tartick.
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.
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