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Colton Underwood is leading a push to support athletes’ mental health

Colton Underwood and athletes in front of flag.
Most people know Colton Underwood from The Bachelor, as he starred in season 23, but many do not recall that he was an athlete before. He played football in the early 2010s at Illinois State University (ISU), where he excelled on the field. He posted 215 career tackles at ISU before stints with multiple NFL teams, including the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. While Underwood shined on the field, he held darkness inside. He battled with his gay identity, and the pressure to stay closeted weighed him down. He exerted most of his effort into football to distract him from concealing his sexuality. Read The Article