When The Bachelorette Season 14 kicks off on May 28, we'll see Bachelorette Becca Kufrin forget ex Arie Luyendyk Jr. and focus on dozens of eligible bachelors — at least one of whom, like Arie, is a famous athlete! That'd be Colton Underwood, an NFL star who's been signed by the San Diego Chargers, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Oakland Raiders. Plus, he made headlines with his relationship with another famous athlete. Here's what we know about this on the 6-foot-3, 254-pound stud.
He dated U.S. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman
Colton asked out three-time gold medalist Aly Raisman during his time with the Oakland Raiders, proposing a group outing with his teammate Andrew East and Andrew's wife, former U.S. Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson.
"If you're ever in San Jose and want to go on a double date with me and Andrew and Shawn, let me know," he told Aly in an August 2016 video published by Yahoo Sports. He later explained his motivation to the Journal Star, saying, "I've always been interested in women who are motivated, and she's very successful."
Aly took Colton up on the offer, and they became a couple, but their hectic schedules sounded the death knell for the relationship after six months. "We're still good friends and talk, but all that travel had been a nightmare," he told the newspaper in June 2017. "We had fun with it. A lot of fun date nights. Those six months were great."
He's a restaurant owner
In August 2016, Colton opened his 4th & Goal Grill in his hometown of Washington, IL. He told the Journal Star he was going for an "industrial, modern, rustic sports bar" vibe. The establishment has 14 craft beers on tap, pizza, burgers, wings, and an "atomic firebomb" — i.e. panko-breaded macaroni and cheese with jalapeno, green chile, and honey sriracha aioli. Bombs away!
He's a philanthropist
This 26-year-old's Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation is "a 501(c)(3) non-profit that encourages youth participation in athletics and provides resources for research and support of people living with cystic fibrosis," according to its website. The foundation says it raised a total of $60,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation over the course of its first two football camps. "Bringing kids together to play and learn new skills in their sport while working together to raise money for cystic fibrosis charities brings a whole new meaning to teamwork," Colton says on the site. Um, Becca, this guy seems like a good one!
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