Who Is Colton Underwood? New Details About The Bachelorette Contestant Who Also Dated Aly Raisman

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Who Is Colton Underwood?

He's got some history.

Who Is Colton Underwood? The new season of The Bachelorette with Becca Kurfrin premiered with a whole new slew of lovable (and questionable!) bachelors all vying for her heart. One of the contestants is Colton Underwood, a sweet former football player who seems to have a heart of gold. He played for the San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders. He also famously dating Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman.

"He’s just a very thoughtful person,” Raisman previously told People of Underwood. Raisman and Underwood met in 2016 and began publicly dating in December of that year, even attending the 2017 Golden Globes together. After breaking up in June 2017, Underwood is very single again — and ready to mingle! — based on his Bachelorette participation.

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Here's what else we know about Bachelorette contestant Colton Underwood:

1. He asked Raisman out in a video.

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 Raisman in a clip. Raisman was definitely game, telling Yahoo Sports, “Yeah, I would go on a date with him.” She also tweeted to the athlete, “Thanks for the sweet video. Looking forward to meeting you.”

2. People went crazy when they realized he was Aly Raisman's ex. 

Twitter exploded when Bachelorette fans made the connection that Underwood had dated the famous Olympic gymnast. Some loved the fact he was on the show; others claimed he's "fame-hungry". “I knew Colton looked familiar,” one fan wrote while watching the premiere. 

3. He and Aly broke up in June 2017. 

Underwood came out with a statement saying, "We’re taking a break right now. We’re still good friends and talk but all that travel had been a nightmare. It ended fine. We’re in a good place."

He also talked about being in the public eye with Raisman. "It put a lot of pressure on us, sure, but we had fun with it. A lot of fun date nights,” he said. “Those six months were great.”

4. He says he had to sacrifice love for football. 

"I sacrificed a lot of things including relationships for football," he said on screen. "I don't know much about Becca, but I think that's probably the best way to go into this. I want to get to know her and I'm ready to put myself out there and find love and have somebody to share my life with, share my experiences with. I need a real person in my life. My dog's great, but it's not going to be the love of my life."

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5. There are claims he tried hooking up with one of Becca's friends. 

Tia Booth was a contestant with Becca on Arie Luyendyk's season of The Bachelor. Underwood reportedly reached out to Booth online and Bachelor alums Adam Gottschalk and Raven Gates both said on a podcast that one of the new contestants was DM'ing Booth. A fan then wrote online ,“The drama started from Raven and Adam saying a guy on Becca’s season was DMing Tia. We don’t know if it’s Colton [Underwood]. But Colton expressed his interest in Tia several times on Twitter and they are following each other on Instagram so people speculated Colton is the guy they were talking about.

So....what’s the deal? The fan continued, “It was before the filming started." Bachelorette guru Reality Steve dished on the Underwood/Booth scandal saying that Underwood, “says he’s only been in one serious relationship and doesn’t really know much about Becca. But he sure knows about her good friend Tia. Maybe I’m gonna be one of the few but I’m able to separate his charity work for what happened pre-show with Tia. One has nothing to do with the other.”

6. He says he's a virgin.  

In a preview for future Bachelorette episodes, host Chris Harrison says to Colton, "You're worried about being intimate with Becca." Colton replied that he's been "hiding something from her." "I was ashamed, and I made up lies because I still am a virgin," Colton says to Becca. 

7. He has a non-profit.

He created the Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation in 2015 to "provide resources for research and support of people living with Cystic Fibrosis and encourage youth participation in athletics." It's a charity that's close to his heart, as his cousin Harper suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. 

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Molly Given is a writer living in Philadelphia and lover of all things to do with mystery and magic in life. When she’s not writing her fingers off she can be found planning her next adventure in a new part of the world.