According to ABC, "Rodney is a glass-half-full kind of guy," but he felt like an "underdog" throughout Michelle's season since he was never the tallest, biggest or most handsome guy in the room.
However, Rodney said he was bringing a big smile and heart to the table, and Michelle noted how Rodney made her feel "safe," like she could definitely trust him.
Michelle therefore told Rodney during a one-on-one date that he wasn't an underdog in her eyes.
"I'm definitely developing strong feelings for Michelle, and I can definitely see that developing into love. It's scary and it's exciting, and it's really amazing. I truly feel like Michelle could be the love of my life," Rodney gushed to the cameras.
As the weeks progressed, Michelle continued to give Rodney "goosebumps."
"I am so obsessed with this amazing and beautiful woman!" Rodney gushed before hometown dates. "I feel confident going into this Rose Ceremony but I'm still nervous because you don't know what's going to happen."
Until viewers can watch Rodney and Michelle's relationship grow on The Bachelorette, let's learn a little bit about this charming bachelor right now.
Below is a list of six facts Reality TV World has compiled about Rodney Mathews.
Rodney said he grew up with a single mother who worked three jobs to put food on the table for her two sons, and he told Michelle that his mother is his "hero" and he just wants to make her proud in life.
The suitor attended three colleges, letting football guide him
Rodney attended Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX, and was a member of the Wildcats football team.
Rodney earned his Associate's degree in Communication and Media Studies from Citrus College, where he was also the football team's caption, in 2012.
Rodney then received his Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies from California State University, Fresno in 2015. He also played for the Fresno State football team.
Rodney may be interested in a broadcasting job down the line
Rodney says that as soon as he went to college, he knew he wanted to become a reporter.
Rodney had always dreamed of becoming an anchor, but he knew earning such a position would take time.
When Rodney was in school, he found an interest in sports broadcasting and hoped to pursue a career in that in the future. However, he was also willing to do news broadcasting as well.
In 2015, Rodney worked as an intern for five months at ABC 30 Action News in Fresno, CA.
Rodney is proud Michelle's Final 4 bachelors are all men of color
Rodney took to Instagram in late November to call attention to the fact Michelle's The Bachelorette season is groundbreaking.
"History was made last night! First time in Bachelor Nation history where the final four are all POC. I'm so honored to be standing beside these incredible people," Rodney captioned a photo of himself with Michelle, Nayte Olukoya, Brandon Jones, and Joe Coleman.
"First, I have to thank Michelle for allowing this moment to be real and seen. Diversity and inclusion is so important in today's society."
"Next, I have to commend these men who I couldn't be more proud to stand beside," Rodney continued. "No matter what the outcome is, these are my brothers. I'm so thankful to be a part of this group and continue this journey."