The story sounds familiar. ABC announced the new Bachelor on Tuesday, September 4, and the season 23 title goes to Colton Underwood.
Underwood, 26, was initially an underdog as a contender for the Bachelor title. However, his story parallels that of Sean Lowe, one of the most prolific Bachelors to emerge from the long-running franchise. (Lowe is the only Bachelor to marry his final pick, Catherine Giudici.)
Underwood, a former professional football player, has touted his decision to remain a virgin—a topic that resulted in a serious discussion with season 14 Bachelorette Becca Kufrin.
He also previously dated season 22 Bachelor contestant Tia Booth, as well as Olympic gymnast Ali Raisman. Booth and Underwood’s relationship continued through Bachelor in Paradise, but i
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Underwood was formerly a tight end who played for teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and the Oakland Raiders.