By Gary Smits/Florida Times-Union
Ladies … he’s taken.
Former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is engaged to Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, a 23-year-old native of South Africa and the 2017 Miss Universe.
Tebow himself broke the news on Instagram Thursday with a picture of him on bended knee at an undisclosed location, in front of an outdoor awning with woods in the background.
“Thank you for saying YES and making me the happiest man in the world,” Tebow posted. “You’re the love of my life, and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you.”
Nel-Peters also posted: “Any dreams I’ve ever had, you’ve exceeded them all! I love you and I can’t wait to spend forever with you!”
Tebow, 31, is playing professional baseball in the New York Mets chain and is a college football analyst for the SEC Network. After playing for three years at Nease High School, he went on to a star-studded four-year career with the Gators, winning the Heisman Trophy in 2007 and playing for two national championship and two SEC champion teams.
After playing for Denver, the New York Jets, Philadelphia and a stint during the preseason with New England, Tebow gave up football and began training for an attempt at the Major Leagues. He’s batted .244 with 14 home runs and 88 RBI in 210 minor league games and might have been called up to the Mets from Double-A Binghamton had it not been for a broken bone in his right hand.
Tebow hit .273 with six homers and 36 RBI for the Rumble Ponies.