Spring 2021 Magazine

Tim Tebow, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters get married in South Africa

Tim Tebow is a married man.

The former quarterback and current broadcaster/pro baseball player tied the knot on Monday with Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, to whom he proposed in January 2019. The two were wed in Cape Town, South Africa, during a sunset ceremony at La Paris Estate. Tebow confirmed the details to People.com and they also shared photos on social media.

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“I’ve been waiting my entire life for someone special, who I can spend the rest of my life with,” the 32-year-old Tebow told People.com. “I was waiting for the right person to come along. And now I’m marrying Demi. I can’t wait to see what our future holds. All of my dreams have come true. It was 100 percent worth the wait.”

Tebow was a Heisman Trophy winner while at Florida, which he led to a college football national championship in 2008-09. Drafted in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Tebow spent three full seasons in the NFL (and short stints in 2013 and 2015) before becoming an ESPN analyst. He signed a minor league baseball contract with the New York Mets organization in 2016, and he enters his fourth season in the farm system in 2020.

Nel-Peters, 24, is from South Africa and was named Miss Universe in 2017. The two met through Night to Shine, which is part of the non-profit Tim Tebow Foundation.

“Her sister has special needs, so we invited them to Night to Shine in South Africa,” Tebow told The Today Show in 2018. “We kind of met and started talking through that and haven’t stopped.”

Their 30-minute wedding ceremony included elements from both American and South African cultures, and included them sharing original vows.

And it took place during a small window of down time for Tebow. He wrapped up his analyst duties a little more than a week ago with the College Football Playoff National Championship, and he’ll report for spring training with the Mets in about three weeks.

Tebow is among the Mets’ non-roster spring training invitees, and he’s expected to start the year back at Triple-A Syracuse. Last season, Tebow hit .163 with four home runs in 264 plate appearances before a finger laceration ended his season six weeks early (a broken bone in his right hand ended his 2018 season two month early).

“Obviously when he signed originally, he had a steep hill to climb,” Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said recently. “I think that remains the case, but his work ethic and attitude remain the same.”

He’ll now do the climb as a married man.

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