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Former Northwestern football player to compete on The Bachelorette

This is the most important news in Northwestern sports history.

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One of Pat Fitzgerald’s former players is going pro — in romance.


The 31 male contestants for ABC’s 13th edition of The Bachelorette have been announced, and Anthony Battle — a former defensive lineman for the Wildcats — is on the list.

Battle, who is now an education software manager in the Chicago area, played at Northwestern from 2009-2012, appearing in seven total games and recording one tackle.

This season’s Bachelorette will be former Bachelor contestant Rachel Lindsay, the show’s first African-American lead.

Let’s take a closer look at what Battle will bring to the table.

Tale of the Tape

Age 26
Occupation Education Software Manager
Height 6'3''
Tattoos No

Lindsay is 32, so Battle will have prove to he’s mature enough to date an older woman. But, at 6-foot-3, he has great height for the show; only two other contestants are taller than him.

As for the Q&A portion of his bio, some of his answers were quite revealing.

First, Battle mentions that he taught English in Indonesia. He’s definitely gonna get some serious points for that at some point in the show. He also got a Fulbright Grant to teach in the Ivory Coast. Good morals and intelligence, ✅. It’s good to see him putting that Northwestern degree to work.

To the question, “If you could be someone else for just one day, who would it be and why?” Battle said he choose his mom so he could better understand her. Family man, ✅.

Though most of his answers were relatively tame, Battle did admit that he has “virtually no limits” in the bedroom if he has a connection with someone. I’m not sure what that exactly entails, but I’ll give him a check for it anyway. ✅. Go ‘Cats!

You can check out Battle’s full bio here.

Given the potentially massive scope of this story for Northwestern fans, Inside NU will have you covered every step of the way on Battle’s quest to go 1-0 every episode and find love. Can he go all the way?

The show will premier Monday, May 22 at 8 p.m. CST on ABC.