There’s a new season and a new Tampa connection on ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”
Josh Murray, a Jesuit High School graduate and former minor-league baseball player, made his debut Monday on the season premiere of the reality series as part of 25 suitors competing for the affections of Andi Dorfman, a 27-year-old attorney from Atlanta.
Murray, 29, is a Tampa native who currently lives in Atlanta. He was a baseball standout at Jesuit before being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002. After six seasons of minor league baseball, Murray walked on to the football team at University of Georgia — the same team where his younger brother, current Kansas City Chiefs rookie quarterback Aaron Murray, was a freshman at the time.
Murray survived the first round of eliminations on the show, receiving a rose from Dorfman in Monday’s episode, and at least one more week on TV.
“Josh M. is my type; nailed it, pegged it,” Dorfman said of Murray on the episode, before acknowledging, “that could change.”
“My mom absolutely loves you,” Murray told Dorfman when they spent a few minutes alone — a reference to Dorfman’s appearance on Season 18 of “The Bachelor.”
“The Bachelorette” airs Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC.