Colton Underwood is an American former American football tight end and reality television personality born in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 26, 1992. In college he played football for Illinois State and in 2014 was signed to the San Diego Chargers but was waived that same year. He also played on the practice squad for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Oakland Raiders. In 2016 he started the Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation that raises money for cystic fibrosis. He retired from football and in 2018 became a contestant on the 14th season of The Bachelorette starring Becca Kufrin. He was eliminated in the eighth week of the season and was cast in the fifth season of Bachelor in Paradise leaving in the fourth week of the show. In 2018 it was released that he would star in the 23rd season of The Bachelor.