Three years after The Bachelorette finale, Jordan Rodgers proposed marriage to JoJo Fletcher and the couple formally got engaged. Rodgers and Fletcher knew they wanted to be together early in the season, and their time together following the show has only proven that Fletcher made the right choice as The Bachelorette.
During Fletcher's season of The Bachelorette in 2016, Rodgers, a former Vanderbilt quarterback, stood out immediately. The two rode their undeniable connection to a televised proposal in the finale, and now the two have their own show together, Cash Pad. While couples in the succeeding seasons have broken up, Rodgers and Fletcher have enjoyed a relatively drama-free relationship as they prepare for a wedding in 2020. Both have advanced their careers since the show ended, Fletcher in real estate and Rodgers as a college football analyst for ESPN. Though Rodgers is no stranger to facing the camera at this point, there was still one thing he needed to do off-screen.
In an Instagram post, Rodgers wrote, "I always wanted to re-propose, with no cameras, no producers, no drama…just us." He added that the commitment is no different than the first time he got down on a knee, but he's even more in love with Fletcher now that they've had time to develop their relationship in private. He continued, “The first time around I fell in love with a lot of what you all love about JoJo. But this time around I got on one knee and vowed to honor and protect her heart, which is the greatest part of her." Check out the post below:
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I love @joelle_fletcher with all my heart!! I always wanted to re-propose, with no cameras, no producers, no drama...just us. Our first engagement was so real, and meant so much to us both, but as we start to actually plan our wedding for next year I wanted to do it all over again, OUR WAY! So I bought a new ring, made a plan (that almost fell apart multiple times), and got down on one knee all over again. This time it was simple: Joelle is the love of my life, she is my rock, she is the funniest, strongest, and sweetest person I have ever known. The first time around I fell in love with a lot of what you all love about JoJo. But this time around I got on one knee and vowed to honor and protect her heart, which is the greatest part of her. She loves her family, her friends, me, and complete strangers with the most pure love a human can give. And THAT is what I love most about her most. How she treats people, how she loves people, and how she makes me a better man. And that is what I will always love, cherish, and protect the most! So this time the promise and commitment were the same as the first, but this time my love for her has grown a million times over. And 50 years from now I’ll look back and it’ll have grown a million times over again. And so the greatest adventure in life begins (again)...with the my best friend. Let’s get F’ing married already 😘(And let me tell you SHE HAD NO IDEA 😂, videos and more pictures to come!)
Fletcher said in her Instagram caption, “We took a leap of faith that day and hoped/prayed things would work out how we wanted them to." She admitted it wasn't easy in the beginning, and that they had to work hard for their relationship each day. She also said the engagement completely caught her by surprise, as she was under the assumption that they were simply checking out wedding venues. Fletcher wrote:
“The show brought us together and set us up for a truly amazing proposal, but this one was all YOU. And that means everything and more to me. I can’t wait to marry you!!!”
This second engagement is yet another confirmation that two people can find true love on the show, but also a knock on how rushed the entire process is. Committing to spend the rest of your life with someone is always a leap of faith, but especially so on the Bachelor franchise. Fletcher admitted as much by saying that hope and prayer played a role in the televised betrothal leading to something even more special. Their relationship is further proof that a lasting partnership usually takes closer to three years than three months before two people know for sure that they want to get married. Unfortunately, The Bachelorette doesn't have three years worth of time to devote to one relationship. Luckily, in the case of Rodgers and Fletcher, there's Cash Pad.