When Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette kicked off, viewers were introduced to dozens of eligible bachelors — and one of them was a semi-famous athlete just like her ex-fiancé Arie Luyendyk Jr! Fans are already obsessed with Colton Underwood, a former NFL star who's been signed by the San Diego Chargers, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Oakland Raiders during his career. Plus, he's already made headlines with his relationship with another famous athlete. Here's what we know about the 6-foot-3, 254-pound stud who might score a touchdown on the reality dating competition.
He dated U.S. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman
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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."
Is Colton Underwood a virgin?
According to the athlete, yes he is. In a trailer for the upcoming season, Colton seemingly shared his sexual status with Becca. "I'm nervous as f--k because I've been hiding something from her," he said. "I was ashamed and made up lies because I still am... I am a virgin. However, he's made sure Becca knew he is not waiting for marriage. "I'm waiting for the right person," he added.
However, his fellow contestant — model Jordan — does not believe that he has never been intimate. "Colton comes to the table with a lot of fabricated bulls--t," he told cameras. "I'm not even sure that Colton is a virgin. There's no way. Did he hire Steven Spielberg to write his f--king story?" Welp. We can't wait to see this drama unfold.
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!
Colton Underwood's net worth:
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Colton, who was signed by the San Diego Chargers and played football for other teams including the Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders, is worth an estimated $1 million. He was released by the Raiders in 2016. Today, he is focused on his charity and his restaurant business.
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