MIAMI (AP) — Tim Tebow is engaged.
The Heisman Trophy winner announced his engagement on Instagram Thursday to Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, a South Africa native and the 2017 Miss Universe.
The 31-year-old Tebow posted photos of himself down on one knee and 23-year-old Nel-Peters wearing an engagement ring.
Tebow quarterbacked Florida to national championships during the 2006 and 2008 seasons. He was drafted in 2010 by the Denver Broncos, where he played two seasons. He also played for the New York Jets in 2012.
Tebow currently plays professional baseball in the New York Mets organization. He also is a college football analyst for the SEC Network.
Tebow took great care in planning his proposal, and he shared all the details with People. He flew Nel-Peters’ family and several friends in from South Africa so they could witness the proposal and celebrate afterward. He picked a spot on the farm for his proposal and had a bench built with the date they met engraved on the front.
He even created a detailed cover story so Nel-Peters wouldn’t suspect a thing. Tebow told her they were going to his family’s farm to have a belated Christmas dinner, and in case she noticed any nervousness, he said that they were surprising his dad with a new truck. Tebow even borrowed a truck from a local dealership to completely sell the story.
When the time came for the proposal, Tebow led Nel-Peters out to the bench. After they talked about their relationship for a few minutes, he took out the ring (a 7.25-carat diamond solitaire), got down on one knee, and popped the question. Once she said yes, her family came out to surprise her, but there was one more surprise in store. Tebow had South African singer Matthew Mole come out and sing the couple’s favorite song, “The Wedding Song.”
The happy couple just engaged on Wednesday, so they weren’t able to reveal a wedding date. Tebow told People that he’s excited to get the planning process started, but he’s mostly excited to have Nel-Peters by his side for the rest of his life.