New Bachelor Matt James Is A Former Wake Forest Football Player

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Matt James, a former Wake Forest wide receiver, is the new Bachelor, according to ABC who made the announcement this morning. James, originally cast as a Bachelorette contestant, will become the first black Bachelor in show history which started in 2002. James was a three-star recruit out of high school who played at Wake from 2011-14, had 40 catches and 401 yards in his senior season. After college he earned tryouts with the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints.

James, 28, said on Good Morning America that his first reaction was, “Does this mean I don’t get to meet Clare?” As for becoming the first black Bachelor in show history, James said it’s an honor. “Hopefully when people invite me into their homes on Monday night they’re going to see I’m not much different than them,” he added.

Here’s Matt’s bio from the Bachelor website:

The North Carolina native went to Wake Forest University, where he majored in economics and played wide receiver for the football team. He went on to play professional football, before moving to New York City, where he now resides. His love of food and passion for giving back led to his creation of an organization that is designed to find creative ways to engage kids from underserved com­munities in New York City, encouraging physical and mental wellness, while also giving them opportunities for new experiences throughout the city.

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