Pro-life advocate and football star Tim Tebow announced his engagement to a former Miss Universe, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Thursday on Instagram.
The former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner is one of those rare celebrities who uses his fame to set a strong example for others, whether through helping people with disabilities or working to protect unborn babies from abortion.
Tebow posted a photo of his proposal on Instagram Thursday with their engagement announcement, PennLive reports.
“Thank you for saying YES and making me the happiest man in the world,” Tebow wrote. “You’re the love of my life and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you.”
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The Daily Caller reports Del-Peters is the former Miss South Africa and 2017 Miss Universe. The couple has been dating for about two years.
“Any dreams I’ve ever had, you’ve exceeded them all!” Del-Peters wrote on her Instagram page Thursday. “I love you and I can’t wait to spend forever with you!”
Tebow, a strong Christian, was mocked in the mainstream media for his faith and his promise to be abstinent until marriage.
His family also have been strong advocates for unborn babies. In 2015, the Christian athlete opened a hospital in the Philippines where his parents served as missionaries. It was there that Tebow himself almost was aborted. His mother, Pam, became ill with dysentery while she was there, and doctors encouraged her to abort him. Tim said his mother’s doctors described him as a “fetal tumor” and “mass of cells” that had to be removed.
Pam courageously refused an abortion, and both she and Tim miraculously survived. In 2010, they partnered with Focus on the Family by sharing their story in a Superbowl commercial. The commercial was seen by millions of Americans and received high praise from pro-life groups.
Tim Tebow also has been involved in the life-affirming project Night to Shine, a prom night experience that centers around showing God’s love for people with special needs ages 16 and older.