The Bachelorette's Josh Murray is taken, so here's 10 athletes who are also bachelors

Wednesday July 30th, 2014

This past Monday night marked the culmination of another Bachelorette choosing her beau on national television. Andi Dorfman, 26, gave the final rose to former University of Georgia safety and minor league baseball player Josh Murray, 29. While Dawg fans rejoiced that a member of their team could score on and off the field, many women shed endless tears that he was lost to them forever (unless he and Andi have a nasty divorce).  To help heal the broken hearts and inspire a sense of hope that not all is lost, Extra Mustard has created this list of the most eligible professional athlete bachelors. Ladies (and some gentlemen), we even gave you a guide on how they’d fare on the show.

10 Athletes who are also bachelors
    Derek Jeter
    40 | Shortstop, New York Yankees
    After he retires this season, he will have all of the time in the world to devote to you (uh, outside of the various interview deals and hosting gigs that are sure to come his way). Jeter has also said his main plans for retirement include “starting a family.” Captain Clutch doesn’t appear to fear long-term commitment, considering he has been with the same team for almost twenty years. He also boasts five championship rings; it wouldn’t hurt to add a wedding band to that as well. And did we mention he looks pretty darn good in pinstripes?
    Bachelorette Challenge He’d Win: Jeter would definitely win the hometown visit. How could he not when everyone in New York loves him?

    Johnny Manziel
    21 | Quarterback, Cleveland Browns
    You are bound to have a good time with this Texas native. From getting to party in Vegas, taking selfies with the Biebs and Floyd Mayweather, and constantly being the talk of town (well, until LeBron decided to move home…), Manziel will always keep you entertained. You may have to fend off a few strippers, but all’s fair in love and war, right? In any case, who wouldn’t want to date someone who is chummy enough with Drake to warrant a few ‘shrooms jokes during the ESPYs?
    Bachelorette Rose He’d Receive: Manziel would definitely walk away with a First Impression Rose. Hopefully his party-boy antics won’t get in the way of winning or love.

    Rory McIlroy
    25 | Golfer
    So he may not have the best relationship track record—he broke his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki about a month before his British Open win—but that shouldn’t make you discount planning a future with him. Golf is all about patience and sticking it out for the long haul -- not bad qualities to have in a boyfriend. Just make sure to look over your shoulder—Wozniacki has a wicked backhand.
    Bachelorette Rose He’d Receive: Just think of that charming Northern Irish accent whispering sweet nothings to you before he takes up his club on the golf greens. That’s why he’d get the Best Accent Rose.

    Rob Gronkowski
    25 | Tight End, New England Patriots
    Gronkowski has already melted through the icy exterior of Bostonians’ hearts; it’s time that he melts yours. Coming back for his 5th season after a host of injuries, he is still the giant teddy bear he has always been. Also, how could you resist the idea of being ‘Mrs. Gronk’? Pro tip: you might want to keep the nighttime acrobatic activities to a minimum; you wouldn’t want Gronk to get injured again.
    Bachelorette Challenge He’d Win: Gronkowski’s charitable ways and football-bod make him an easy winner for the Bachelorette’s Charity Stripping challenge.

    Golden Tate
    25 | Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions
    There's one other thing that's going be golden -- your wedding bands (just think how well they'll complement his 2013 Super Bowl ring). However, you might be weary of entering into a relationship with him given rumors that he allegedly slept with a former teammate’s wife.
    Bachelorette Challenge He’d Win: Despite the rumors swirling around him, Tate maintains his innocence on Twitter. He’d win the lie detector challenge.

    Tim Howard
    36 | Goalie, USMNT
    Even though he is rumored to be dating model Sara McLean, the age-old adage, “just because there is a goalie doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a shot” totally applies. More like Tim How-HARD, am I right? (I'm sorry, that was gross).
    Bachelorette Rose He’d Receive: With his amazing performance during the World Cup, Tim Howard should get the Only Member of the USMNT Most Americans Can Remember rose.

    Kevin Love
    26 | Forward-Center for a TBD NBA team
    Now that LeBron has decided on a home, Mr. Love is perhaps the most wanted man in the NBA. Caught in a love triangle, if you will, between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the NBA free-agency pundits have been analyzing whether he should stay or should he go. You might have to make the first move and put a ring on it before he explores other options. Two of K. Love’s biggest attributes: his name (duh) and that beard. Yum.
    Bachelorette Challenge He’d Win: During the show’s scrimmage against WNBA players, Love could surely hold his own against Swin Cash and Lindsey Harding.

    Tim Tebow
    26 | ESPN Analyst
    Despite his hosting gig with ESPN and his role in launching the SEC Network, Tebow is still on our list as an athlete-bachelor. If you play your cards right, Tebow will finally get sacked. Another bonus point for Tebow, his hosting gig lets you see that he looks just as in a suit as he does in football pants.
    Bachelorette Rose He’d Receive: Tebow would surely get the “Most Versatile Athlete” rose between his hosting gig and NFL aspirations.

    Justin Verlander
    31 | Pitcher, Detroit Tigers
    You'll have to admire this one from a distance, as he's dating SI's own Kate Upton (and we have to side with her. You know, bros before... uh... wait...)
    Bachelorette Challenge He’d Win: While this isn’t an official challenge from the show, we’re sure he’d win the “Most Glares to Random Strangers For Checking Out My Model Girlfriend” challenge.

    Ryan Lochte
    29 | Swimmer
    In a recent Twitter pic of his enormous 10,000-calorie diet, Ryan definitely showed us the way to his heart really is through his stomach (and what a fine stomach it is…). Not known for his intellectual pursuits, a lack of witty conversation shouldn’t take away from the sunset swim you and Lochte could take.
    Bachelorette Challenge He’d Win: Lochte would win the Still-Attractive-Even-Though-He's-Completely-Hairless rose.

    Ian Thorpe
    31 | Olympic Swimmer
    Don't worry, gay Extra Mustard readers -- we haven't forgotten you. Standing at 6' 5", Ian Thorpe is one tall drink of water (uh... but don't drink too much, because there's chlorine in it). Furthermore, how could you not date someone whose nickname is the 'Thorpedo.' Decorating your future home with Thorpe will be incredibly easy because you could hang all 9 (5 are gold) of his medals from the Sydney and Athens games. Thorpe also joins a growing number of athletes to come out as gay. Thorpe came out during a television interview with journalist Sir Michael Parkinson a few weeks ago.
    Bachelorette Rose He'd Get: Best-Nickname-That-Could-Also-Be-Kind-Of-Sexual Rose

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