Written by on December 1, 2021

ABC announced Tuesday that Clayton Echard, the 28-year-old former NFL player, will lead the next installment of The Bachelor, premiering Monday, January 3, 2022. According to ABC’s website, “Clayton was first introduced to audiences on the current season of “The Bachelorette.” He is a puppy-loving goofball with a heart of gold (and surprisingly good dance moves) who is ready to find the love of his life.” Like every season before this one, there will be plenty of drama. Check out the teaser!

ABC says, “Clayton graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health science from the University of Missouri, where he also minored in business and Spanish. He currently works in medical sales but is embarking on his MBA with the intention of starting his own business.” Clayton played football for the University of Missouri football team, and even had a brief stint with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. Learn more about your next Bachelor, here!

Clayton’s journey as “The Bachelor” premieres on Monday, January 3, 2022 on ABC. Episodes can be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

Cover Photo by AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

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