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Rams QB John Wolford has a college connection to new Bachelor Matt James

John Wolford makes his first NFL begin on Sunday, Jan. 3. The subsequent day, Matt James makes his debut on ABC’s “The Bachelor.” On the floor, these occasions do not look associated.

Look once more. Wolford and James each performed faculty soccer at Wake Forest — James’ senior season was Wolford’s freshman 12 months. James was a large receiver and Wolford was a quarterback.

Yep, that is proper — the Rams’ unbelievable Week 17 starter and the most recent Bachelor performed catch on ACC soccer fields in 2014.

Who’s the brand new Bachelor?

James is starring as the most recent Bachelor for the twenty fifth season of “The Bachelor,” which begins on Jan. 4, 2021. James is the primary Black man forged because the present’s important star.

The trail to James’ spot as Bachelor was supposed to start as a contestant on “The Bachelorette,” however with the COVID-19 pandemic altering Clare Crawley’s season, James wound up forged as the most recent Bachelor.

After enjoying soccer at Wake Forest, James could not latch on with the Panthers or Saints within the NFL. He moved to New York Metropolis after that, and amongst different ventures, he based ABC Food Tours, which has the aim “to implement an experiential studying platform for college kids in NYC residing in underserved communities that can educate, encourage, and encourage them to beat life’s obstacles.”

Who’s John Wolford?

Wolford has been the Los Angeles Rams’ backup quarterback through the 2020 season, able to step in for Jared Goff if wanted. Week 17 presents that chance.

Goff broke his thumb in Week 16 and will not play within the common season finale. It is an enormous recreation for the Rams, with the one method they guarantee a postseason spot is a victory. Wolford would be the man main an offense that is additionally with out prime wideout Cooper Kupp and options a number of injured operating backs.

Wolford was a four-year starter at Wake Forest. He then frolicked on the Jets roster in preseason motion earlier than heading to the AAF, the place he performed for the Arizona Hotshots. Wolford was on the Rams’ follow squad in 2019 earlier than backing up Goff in 2020.

John Wolford to Matt James at Wake Forest

James’ first three seasons at Wake Forest (2011-2013) did not give him a lot probability to standout. He acquired restricted enjoying time as a freshman, then broke his collarbone as a sophomore earlier than hurting his shoulder as a junior. Solely as a senior did James get ample enjoying time.

James’ senior 12 months, 2014, is identical 12 months Wolford arrived on campus and gained the Demon Deacons’ beginning job as a real freshman. He was the primary quarterback in Wake Forest historical past to start out each recreation of the season as a real freshman. 

Wolford set a variety of true freshman passing information for the Wake Forest program whereas spreading the ball round to a variety of receivers. The third-leading pass-catcher for Wake Forest in 2014 was James, who caught 40 throws for 401 yards. 

Within the 2014 season finale, James’ last faculty recreation, he caught 9 passes for 89 yards. Wolford threw for 251 yards and three scores. That basically amounted to the final time they’ve crossed paths within the highlight previous to the primary week of 2021. 

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