ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Raiders tight end Colton Underwood said he never anticipated the kind of attention he would get when he sent gymnast Aly Raisman a video asking the Olympic gold medalist out on a date.
“I was just asking a girl on a date and it sort of turned into something much bigger,” Underwood said Tuesday. “She did a great job and her whole team did of representing the USA. So I felt like it was only right for me to send a congratulations and extend an offer when she got back and had some down time.”READ MORE: MDHHS Updates COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance For Michigan Schools
Underwood is a second-year tight end trying to land a spot on the Raiders’ 53-man roster. That will be a tougher challenge than getting Raisman to agree to go out on a double date with Underwood and teammate Andrew East and East’s wife, former Olympian Shawn Johnson.
Raisman won a gold medal and two silvers at the Rio de Janeiro Games. After receiving the video from Underwood, the 22-year-old tweeted out her acceptance.
The story, along with the video, quickly made the rounds throughout Raiders headquarters.
“I was like, ‘Hey man, you put yourself out on a limb there,'” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said. “I’m just happy for him that she said yes. That’s a lonely feeling being out there on a limb. He’s really a good guy. I hope it works out for him.”READ MORE: More Than 100 Michigan Schools Close Due To Copycat Threats After Oxford High Shooting
Underwood and Raisman have spoken since the video and Raisman, along with some of her teammates, will be in nearby San Jose next month as part of a champions tour.
“She’s actually scheduled to be out here in September so I’m looking forward to attending that show and catching up with her,” Underwood said.
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