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Rachel Lindsay: Taking Risks Means Bigger Goals

Photograph by: David Porche

Imagine waking up and realizing your life just went from being a single woman working as a civil defense attorney to suddenly having one million followers and on the cover of People, celebrating your newfound love with prince charming, “Jerome” (a.k.a. Bryan Abasolo). So has been the life of 32-year-old Dallas native, Rachel Lindsay. Most people know Lindsay as the first African-American woman in the history of ABC’s The Bachelorette. However, what many have yet to discover is her journey beyond “Bachelor Nation” and into an exploding career in sports broadcast entertainment.

The spirited (and opinionated) TV personality has already appeared on numerous media outlets, such as ESPN, CNN, DIRECTV Fantasy Zone, Access, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Dateline, Chat Sports (Facebook Live), Sports Illustrated, and many more. Needless to say, the name Rachel Lindsay (soon to be Abasolo) is becoming known among a new demographic: sports fans.

“Sports have always been a passion of mine from a very young age, as I grew up playing basketball, volleyball, and track. In college, I learned I could combine my passion with my education and majored in sports management at The University of Texas at Austin and got my law degree at Marquette University Law School,"

says Lindsay. Somewhere between graduation and appearing on The Bachelor (Season 21), Lindsay found herself feeling “stuck” in the rhythm of life.

“At that time of my life, I would say I was far from being a risk taker.

"I chose the safe path and followed in my father’s [U.S. District Judge, Sam A. Lindsay] footsteps into law. That safe path led me to a stable job, good friends, and a life… but I always felt like there was something missing," expresses Lindsay.

“I still carried a fiery passion about sports, and I was finally at a place in my life that I really desired to find true love. I had no idea that within one year, I would find both."

Popping champagne bottles atop a sunset-filled sky in Spain wrapped up a season of discovering who Lindsay will be spending her future alongside. Now, the two are already...

You can find Lindsay and Bryan often working side-by-side together at Halcyon, their favorite coffee shop in Dallas, or enjoying sushi at Uchi Dallas in Uptown.




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