9 things to know about Bachelor Colton Underwood
1. He’s a virgin
This is the big one. You’ll probably be reminded of Colton’s virginity roughly 40 times per episode of The Bachelor, so we’d advise against designing any viewing party drinking games around the word. Colton joked in an appearance on Ellen that he’s excited to play board games in the fantasy suites this season.
2. This is Colton’s third season in the Bachelor universe
Colton was a contestant in Becca Kufrin’s season of The Bachelorette and made it to the final four, but was eliminated after a dramatic twist involving a former partner (more on that later).
He returned last summer for Bachelor In Paradise, but voluntarily left the show in Week 4 when he realized he wasn’t fully committed to a relationship with Tia Booth.
3. Colton wasn’t a popular choice to be The Bachelor
Colton’s relationship with Becca on The Bachelorette and his relationship with Tia on Bachelor In Paraside were major storylines on the respective shows, and Colton coverage often dominated entire episodes.
Many fans on Twitter were simply suffering from Colton overload, and there was significant backlash when ABC announced – just a day after his breakup with Tia was aired – that he would be returning as The Bachelor.
One reason Colton is a controversial choice to be The Bachelor? He recently went through devastating, dramatic breakups with two women on national television – and he might not be ready to commit to another relationship.
Colton became a favorite to win The Bachelorette in Becca’s season – but a former girlfriend (and Bachelor cast member), Tia, showed up to reveal to Becca that she still had feelings for Colton.
Colton and Tia reunited on Bachelor In Paradise – a show that was seemingly designed to be cruel to the future Bachelor. He arrived to the show late, which gave Tia just enough time to start a relationship with another guy, but the couple eventually committed to an exclusive relationship in Paradise. Not long after, Colton decided his heart wasn’t in the relationship, and both he and Tia left the show.
Before Colton showed up on The Bachelorette, he was involved in a relationship with three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman that began with this video.
6. He’s very into dogs
Colton’s love for dogs has been a recurring theme throughout his Bachelor career, and it just so happens that one of the women in this season’s cast is a dog rescuer (Alex B.). It is meant to be?!
7. He doesn’t wear underwear
Colton revealed in episode 7 of Bachelor in Paradise that he doesn’t typically wear underwear, but does wear spandex when he works out.
8. He had a short NFL career
A former tight end, Colton played football at Illinois State but went undrafted in 2014. He signed with the Chargers as a free agent, and later spent time with the Eagles and Raiders. Colton never made a regular-season roster.
9. He has a foundation
Becca’s hometown date with Colton on The Bachelorette allowed him to highlight his Legacy Foundation, which assists people suffering from cystic fibrosis.
“The Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation is a non-profit organization that was created by former NFL player, Colton Underwood to provide resources for research and support of people living with cystic fibrosis. We work to empower people with Cystic Fibrosis to dream big and live life fully while managing their health and medical challenges.”