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Colton Underwood Is the New Bachelor

bachelorette suitors becca kufrinTHE BACHELORETTE - The gut-wrenching finish to Becca KufrinÕs romance with Arie Luyendyk Jr. left Bachelor Nation speechless. In a change of heart, Arie broke up with AmericaÕs sweetheart just weeks after proposing to her - stealing her fairytale ending and her future. Now, the humble fan favorite and girl next door from Minnesota returns for a second shot at love, starring on ÒThe Bachelorette,Ó when it premieres for its 14th season on MONDAY, MAY 28 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Craig Sjodin) (FRONT) JEAN BLANC, JASON, WILLS, DARIUS, BECCA KUFRIN, JORDAN, CONNOR, RICKEY, LINCOLN; (MIDDLE) CLAY, ALEX, MIKE, BLAKE, CHASE, CHRISTIAN, NICK, JOE, JOHN, GARRETT; (BACK) DAVID, COLTON, CHRISTON, KAMIL, GRANT, LEO, CHRIS R., TRENT, RYAN

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.)

THE BACHELOR: SEAN AND CATHERINE’S WEDDING – Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici, the latest to join other “Bachelor” couples who have walked down the aisle, shared a dramatic new chapter of their love story with millions of viewers and Bachelor Nation when ABC televised their much anticipated wedding, live, on “The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine’s Wedding,” SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2014 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Todd Wawrychuk/ABC via Getty Images)
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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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THE BACHELORETTE – Fan favorite Becca Kufrin captured AmericaÕs heart when she found herself at the center of one of the most gut-wrenching Bachelor breakups of all time. Now the Minnesota girl next door returns for a second shot at love and gets to hand out the roses, searching for her happily-ever-after in the 14th edition of ABCÕs hit series ÒThe Bachelorette,Ó premiering MONDAY, MAY 28 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)
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Underwood was formerly a tight end who played for teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and the Oakland Raiders.