If you're still reeling from the crazy news that Nick Viall is the next Bachelor, you are not alone. It was a surprising and somewhat baffling casting choice, even if you fall into the "Nick Viall fan" camp. Bachelor Nation might have lost their collective mind, but this Nick-Viall-as-the-Bachelor thing is happening, and there's nothing we can do about it now. Except for wait patiently and look at photos of Viall before he was ever on The Bachelor franchise. Because that sounds like a fun way to pass the time until his season premieres, right? It does to me.
Sure, Viall's been on not one, not two, but three different spin-offs of the Bachelor (two The Bachelorette and one Bachelor in Paradise), but that does not mean we know everything about him. There are so many things still left to learn. Thankfully, a lot of those things can be learned via old photos. Because before Viall was a Bachelor sensation, on his way to date multiple women in an audience of approximately 7 gajillion, he was just like you and me. A regular guy from Chicago, with a penchant for being shirtless. Oh, wait, actually that penchant for being shirtless thing didn't seem to spawn until after The Bachelorette, right? Wrong. See? You don't know everything about him. Now let's get into some photos.
1. The First Ever Shirtless Pic
This one dates all the way back to 2013, and, though it's certainly not the first shirtless picture ever, it could be the first Nick Viall shirtless picture and that counts for something.
2. Posing With A Friend
3. A Very Serious Headshot
If only he knew where The Bachelor/ette franchise would take him.
4. Being a Green Bay Packers Fan
5. Bro-ing Out
Good to see he did well in large groups before The Bachelorette.
6. Being A Champion?
7. A Candid That Was Probably Not Candid
We all know how those go.
8. Being Great With Children
Winston gets it.
9. Donning A Scarf
Ah, scarves. Something Viall would later become known for.
10. Proof That Style Was Always Important
Vest and tie.
11. Being Great With Children Again
I'm just saying.
12. The Woman Who Started It All
According to this caption, we can thank this lovely lady for having Nick Viall on our TV screens.
13. A #TBT With Mom
14. Another Shirtless Pic
It's a #TBT, so I retract what I said earlier. This appears to be the first ever Nick Viall shirtless photo.
15. Having Fun With An Ex-Girlfriend
So, now we know that Viall isn't exclusively into brunettes.
16. And Finally... Baby Viall Part I
Is he the one in overalls or the one in the Texas basketball shorts? Either way, this is magnificent.
17. And Part II
The stuff of legends.
Here's to seeing more of Nick's face when his season premieres Monday, January 2.