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.”

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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.”

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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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