Tim Tebow announces engagement to 2017 Miss Universe

Tim Tebow, the former Florida quarterback, on the set of SEC Nation before the Florida Georgia football game at TIAA Bank Stadium in Jacksonville in Oct. 27, 2018. [Brad McClenny/ The Gainesville Sun]

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.


    • You live in Texas where no one is allowed to be gay (and that is a joke, I think). Georgia fans refer to Florida with the homophobic term, (Gaytors), as they do with Tebow (Teblow). FSU fans do the same. Education is a powerful thing.

      • I get it now….no, in all my years as a Gator, I never heard the term, “Gay-tors”, or even “Te-blow”, for that matter. Maybe I wasn’t paying attention? Thanks for the “education” just the same, if that’s what you meant.

        As far as Texas, everybody is allowed to be gay…..happiest place on earth, as a matter of fact, but all that clinging to our guns and bibles sure wears a cowpoke out. What’s actually true about Texas tho, is that we’re not allowed by law to marry our sisters. We can still date ’em even so, no law against that. No matter, at least during the Christmas season we still get to don our gay apparel……. 😜

          • You seemed to think you knew when you posted. You probably visualized that image in your mind when you posted “gay apparel”, whatever that apparel image is or was in your mind. But I doubt “gay apparel” comes with an AR-15, does it?

        • From the Christmas carol, “Deck the Halls”. To my knowledge, no, not an accessory to the AR-15, but check with somebody else because I haven’t shot long rifles, even .22 centerfires, in years. Ask me anything about the 1911, however, and I’m your huckleberry.

          • Hey man I got your Christmas carol reference from the get go, guess ole Tampa ain’t a merry soul or never listened to Christmas carols growing up. Must be that anti religion agnostic kinda thing. To each his own.

    • Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Universe to the world. Tebow is a perfectionist. I think he might have found the perfect wife for him. Perfectly gorgeous. Perfect looking body. Perfectly Christian. Kind of looks like his mother. I just hope both will be perfect with something they say they have never done.

  1. I have never been able to figure out why God blesses Tim Tebow and his perfectly gorgeous, model future wife and not some kidnapped and suffering soul somewhere out there who just wants a chance at life. Does God just bless some people and curse others just because he/she/it can? If so, why is that? And what kind of God does that? Personally, I just think both took full advantage of genetics and opportunity and others did not. And some were in or were just born into the wrong place and time. But that is just me.