Colton Underwood

Colton Underwood
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Underwood in 2020
No. 35, 88
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1992-01-26) January 26, 1992 (age 29)
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 · PFR

Colton Underwood (born January 26, 1992)[1] is an American reality television personality and former professional football player. He played defensive 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 lead of the 23rd season of The Bachelor.

Early life and education

Underwood was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Scott and Donna Underwood.[2] Both of his parents were star athletes at Illinois State University: Scott played college football for the Illinois State Redbirds and Donna played volleyball.[3] Scott and Colton both attended Washington Community High School;[4] Colton graduated in 2010.[5] Colton has a younger brother named Connor.[4]

Colton Underwood graduated from Illinois State University, where he followed his father's footsteps to play college football for the Redbirds.[6]



On May 10, 2014, Underwood was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Chargers.[7] 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.[8]

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.[8][9]

On December 1, 2015, Underwood was signed to the Oakland Raiders' practice squad. On August 29, 2016, he was released by the Raiders.[8][10]

Reality television

Underwood was a contestant on the 14th season of The Bachelorette, starring Becca Kufrin.[11]

After getting eliminated in week 8 after hometown dates,[12] Underwood was cast in season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise. After being linked to fellow contestant Tia Booth, Underwood broke it off, and both left Paradise separately in the fourth week.[13]

On September 4, 2018, ABC announced that Underwood would star in the 23rd season of The Bachelor.[14] The announcement received mixed reactions on social media.[15] 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.[16][17]

On April 14, 2021, Variety reported that Underwood was in production for his own unscripted series at Netflix.[18]


In January 2016, Underwood founded the Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation to raise money for cystic fibrosis research and medical equipment.[19] Underwood started the foundation after his cousin Harper was disagnosed with the disease.[19][20] 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.[21][22]

Personal life

From 2016 to 2017, Underwood dated gymnast Aly Raisman after he asked her out in a video.[23]

Underwood has spoken publicly about his choice to remain a virgin, and how appearing on The Bachelorette helped him discuss the topic.[24] He began dating speech pathology student Cassie Randolph after meeting on season 23 of The Bachelor. When 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.[25] Underwood and Randolph were in a relationship from November 2018 until May 2020.[26][27]

In September 2020, Randolph filed a restraining order against Underwood, alleging that he stalked her outside her Los Angeles apartment and her parents' Huntington Beach house, sent harassing text messages using an anonymous number, and installed a tracking device underneath her car.[28][29] Randolph was granted a temporary restraining order against Underwood ahead of the October hearing.[30]

In March 2020, Underwood tested positive for COVID-19,[31] though he recovered in April. He stated that he had made a "full recovery" from the virus and that his recovery was in part attributed to treatment with hydroxychloroquine (which was later discredited as a COVID-19 therapy).[32][33]

On April 14, 2021, Underwood publicly came out as gay in an interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America.[34]



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

Music video

Year Title Role Artist
2019 "Famous" Actor Adam Doleac

Awards and nominations

Year Ceremony Category Nominated work Result Ref
2019 Reality TV Awards Fan Favorites Colton Underwood Won [35]
2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards Most Meme-able Moment Colton Underwood jumps the fence Won [36]
2019 People's Choice Awards Competition Contestant of 2019 Colton Underwood Nominated [37]


  • The First Time: Finding Myself and Looking for Love on Reality TV (Gallery Books, 2020). ISBN 978-1982139384.

See also


  1. ^ "Colton Underwood". NFL. Archived from the original on May 31, 2020. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "Colton Underwood". Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  3. ^ Ricketts, Tawni (October 30, 2012). "The Underwood family legacy". The Vidette. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Huett, Wes (December 11, 2009). "2009 Large-School Football Player of the Year: Colton Underwood, Washington". Peoria Journal Star. Archived from the original on October 16, 2020. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  5. ^ Vlahos, Nick (April 14, 2021). "Former Washington football player, 'Bachelor' star Colton Underwood comes out as gay". Peoria Journal Star. Archived from the original on April 16, 2021. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  6. ^ Vlahos, Nick (March 22, 2018). "Nick in the AM: Washington's Colton Underwood is a 'Bachelorette' contestant". Peoria Journal Star. Archived from the original on January 3, 2019. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ a b c "Colton Underwood". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference, Inc. Archived from the original on June 22, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  9. ^ Bair, Scott (August 29, 2016). "Raiders waive 14, place Holmes on IR; roster trimmed to 75". NBC Sports Bay Area. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions". Oakland Raiders. August 29, 2016. Archived from the original on September 9, 2017.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Yahr, Emily (September 4, 2018). "Colton Underwood is the new 'Bachelor.' Here's why some viewers aren't happy". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  13. ^ Schwartz, Nick (September 4, 2018). "Tia reacts to Colton becoming The Bachelor". USA Today. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  14. ^ Corriston, Michele (September 4, 2018). "Colton Underwood Is the Next Bachelor: 'Third Time's the Charm'". People. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  15. ^ "Twitter Has Mixed Reactions to Colton Underwood's Bachelor Casting". People. September 4, 2018.
  16. ^ Krolak, Mike (September 4, 2018). "Who Is the Next Bachelor 2019? It's Colton Underwood". ABC. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  17. ^ Bradley, Nina. "Colton Underwood Met 3 'Bachelor' Contestants On 'Ellen' & Things Got Wild — Video". Bustle. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  18. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (April 14, 2021). "Former 'Bachelor' Colton Underwood Filming His Own Netflix Reality Show After Coming Out". Variety. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  19. ^ a b Lee, Maddie (June 23, 2016). "Raiders' Colton Underwood tackles cystic fibrosis for cousin". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on January 3, 2019. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  20. ^ "About Colton Underwood". Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  21. ^ "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.
  22. ^ "About the Project". Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  23. ^ Yasharoff, Hannah (January 16, 2019). "'Bachelor' star Colton Underwood talks 'first love' and 'worst heartbreak': gymnast Aly Raisman". USA Today. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  24. ^ Corinthios, Aurelite (July 30, 2018). "The Bachelorette's Colton Underwood Breaks Down, Admits He Was 'Ashamed' of His Virginity". People. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  25. ^ 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.
  26. ^ "Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph's Anniversary Trip Is More Romantic Than Any Fantasy Suite". E!. November 15, 2019. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  27. ^ "The Bachelor's Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph Split Was 'Definitely Amicable'". People. May 29, 2020. Retrieved May 30, 2020.
  28. ^ "Cassie Randolph Claims Colton Underwood Planted Tracking Device on Car". TMZ. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  29. ^ Henderson, Maria Puente and Cydney. "Cassie Randolph seeks restraining order against ex-boyfriend, 'Bachelor' Colton Underwood". USA Today. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  30. ^ "Cassie Randolph Granted Restraining Order Against Colton Underwood". TMZ. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  31. ^ "Andy Cohen, 'Bachelor' star Colton Underwood both test positive for the coronavirus". USA Today. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  32. ^ Cohen, Jess (April 7, 2020). "Bachelor's Colton Underwood Says He's Made a "Full Recovery" From Coronavirus". E!. Retrieved May 30, 2020.
  33. ^ Vlahos, Nick (April 8, 2020). "Nick in the AM: COVID-19 victim Colton Underwood says contentious drug saved him". Peoria Journal Star. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  34. ^ "Former 'Bachelor' star Colton Underwood comes out as gay". Good Morning America. ABC. April 14, 2021. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  35. ^ "The 6th Annual Reality Television Awards' Official Winners". Reality Television Awards. June 9, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  36. ^ "2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards Winners: See the Full List". MTV. June 17, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  37. ^ "People's Choice Awards: 'Avengers: Endgame,' 'Game of Thrones,' BTS Among Nominees". The Hollywood Reporter. September 4, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2019.

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Preceded by
Arie Luyendyk Jr.
The Bachelor
Season 23
Succeeded by
Peter Weber


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