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Colton Scott Underwood (born January 26, 1992) is an American reality television personality. He was a football tight end at Illinois State and was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2014, and was on the practice squad of the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles. After being released by the Raiders, Underwood became a contestant on the 14th season of The Bachelorette, and was then announced as the titular bachelor in the 23rd season of The Bachelor.

Colton Underwood
No. 35, 88
Position:Tight End
Personal information
Born: (1992-01-26) January 26, 1992 (age 27)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:255 lb (116 kg)
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

Early life and educationEdit

Underwood was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Scott and Donna Underwood. Both of his parents were star athletes at Illinois State University, Scott played college football for the Illinois State Redbirds and Donna played volleyball. Underwood grew up in Washington, Illinois where his parents are divorced. He has a younger brother, Connor, and several half-siblings as a result of his parents' second marriages.[1][2][3][4] Underwood attended Washington Community High School and Illinois State University, where he followed his father's footsteps to play college football for the Illinois State Redbirds.[5]



On May 10, 2014, Underwood was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Chargers.[6] 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.[7]

On September 23, 2014, Underwood returned to the Chargers and was signed to 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.[7][8]

On December 1, 2015, Underwood was signed to the Raiders' practice squad. On August 29, 2016, he was released by the Raiders.[7][9]

Reality televisionEdit

Underwood was a contestant on the 14th season of The Bachelorette, starring Becca Kufrin.[10]

After getting eliminated in week 8 after hometown dates, Underwood was cast in season five of Bachelor in Paradise.[11] 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.[12] The announcement received mixed reactions on social media.[13]

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.[14][15]


In January 2016, Underwood founded the Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation to raise money for cystic fibrosis research and medical equipment.[16] Although not named after her, Underwood started the foundation in honor of his cousin Harper, who was diagnosed with the disease at 4 years old.[17]

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 in 50 US States.[18][19]

Personal lifeEdit

Underwood dated gymnast Aly Raisman after asking her out via social media in 2016, before splitting less than a year later in 2017.[20][21]

He has spoken publicly about his choice to remain a virgin, and how appearing on The Bachelorette helped him discuss the topic.[22]

Underwood found love with 23-year-old Cassie Randolph on Season 23 of The Bachelor. After Randolph initially ended their relationship during the final three, Underwood broke things off with the other two women and asked Randolph for a second chance without the pressure of an engagement.[23] The two are still together as of November 2019.[24]



Year Title Role Notes
2018 The Bachelorette Contestant Seasons 14
2018 Bachelor in Paradise Contestant Season 5
2019 The Bachelor Lead Season 23
Extra Himself Guest Correspondent

Music videoEdit

Year Title Role Artist
2019 "Famous" Actor Adam Doleac

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Ceremony Category Nominated work Result Ref
2019 Reality TV Awards Fan Favourites Colton Underwood Won [25]
2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards Most Meme-able Moment Colton Underwood jumps the fence Won [26]
2019 People's Choice Awards Competition Contestant of 2019 Colton Underwood Nominated [27]


  1. ^ Ricketts, Tawni (October 30, 2012). "The Underwood family legacy". The Vidette. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "Colton Underwood". NFL. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "About Colton". Washington, Illinois: Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation. Archived from the original on January 3, 2019. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  4. ^ Perrone, Kristen (February 18, 2019). "What Do Colton's Parents Do? Here's Everything Bachelor Nation Should Know". Elite Daily. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ a b c "Colton Underwood". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference, Inc. Archived from the original on June 22, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  8. ^ Bair, Scott (August 29, 2016). "Raiders waive 14, place Holmes on IR; roster trimmed to 75". NBC Sports Bay Area. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions". Oakland Raiders. August 29, 2016. Archived from the original on September 9, 2017.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Corriston, Michele (September 4, 2018). "Colton Underwood Is the Next Bachelor: 'Third Time's the Charm'". People. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  13. ^ "Twitter Has Mixed Reactions to Colton Underwood's Bachelor Casting". People. September 4, 2018.
  14. ^ Krolak, Mike (September 4, 2018). "Who Is the Next Bachelor 2019? It's Colton Underwood". ABC. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  15. ^ Bradley, Nina. "Colton Underwood Met 3 'Bachelor' Contestants On 'Ellen' & Things Got Wild — Video". Bustle. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ Spellberg, Claire (May 28, 2018). "What Is Colton's Charity? 'The Bachelorette' Contestant Has A Foundation For Cystic Fibrosis". Elite Daily.
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ "About the Project". Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  20. ^ Ceron, Elle (August 23, 2016). "Aly Raisman Asked Out on Date By NFL Player Colton Underwood". Teen Vogue. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  21. ^ Huett, Wes (June 9, 2017). "Colton Underwood and Aly Raisman split up". Journal Star. Peoria, Illinois. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  22. ^ Corinthios, Aurelite (July 30, 2018). "The Bachelorette's Colton Underwood Breaks Down, Admits He Was 'Ashamed' of His Virginity". People. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  23. ^ Nahas, Aili (March 13, 2019). "The Bachelor's Cassie Randolph on Why She Changed Her Mind: 'Colton Knew I Needed More Time'". People. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  24. ^ Goodman, Lex (September 5, 2019). "'Bachelor' Exclusive: Cassie Randolph Reveals How She & Colton Underwood Are Celebrating Their Anniversary". Pure Wow. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  25. ^ "THE 6TH ANNUAL REALITY TELEVISION AWARDS' OFFICIAL WINNERS". Reality Television Awards. June 9, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  26. ^ "2019 MTV MOVIE & TV AWARDS WINNERS: SEE THE FULL LIST". MTV. June 17, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  27. ^ "People's Choice Awards: 'Avengers: Endgame,' 'Game of Thrones,' BTS Among Nominees". Hollywood Reporter. September 4, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2019.

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