Fall 2022

Track star Sydney McLaughlin marries former NFL player Andre Levrone Jr. in Virginia wedding

Track superstar Sydney McLaughlin and former NFL player Andre Levrone Jr. officially tied the knot at Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison, Virginia, on Friday. The newlyweds shared photos from the wedding on social media Monday.

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“May the success of our marriage not be gauged by fame, fortune, or flash. But by submission to one another, a supernatural unity, & the pursuit of reconciliation for others,” Levrone wrote in his Instagram post.

 

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McLaughlin and Levrone announced their engagement in August. After Levrone proposed, McLaughlin posted pictures on Instagram along with a letter to her future husband.

“I fall in love with you more and more each day off of the strength of your faith,” she said in the post. “Andre, you are the most God-fearing, passionate, honest, loving, hard working, protective, and genuine man I’ve ever met. I see Jesus in you.”

Before ending the post with Proverbs 18:22, the 22-year-old pointed to God as the center of their relationship.

“This union will impact lives for His kingdom, and that’s what excites me most,” she wrote. “I have no fear. I will keep my eyes on you, as you keep your eyes on Him. You’re the perfect man to lead me, and I cannot wait to follow.”

 

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The engagement came shortly after McLaughlin took home two gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics, setting a world record in the 400-meter hurdles and grabbing the second gold medal in the women’s 4x400m relay.

She joined the Sports Spectrum Podcast in November to discuss her incredible performance at the Olympics, how she is finding her identity in Christ rather than track, and the impact Levrone’s had on her life.

“Meeting Andre is one of the best things that has ever happened to me,” she said on the podcast. “He’s such an amazing friend and such a great man of God. He’s truly helped me in my walk and has always constantly encouraged me in that. And it’s been such an amazing thing to have him as an example of what it means to live a life like Jesus.”

 

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Levrone went undrafted out of the University of Virginia in 2017 and spent three seasons in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars. He retired in 2020 at the age of 25.

In November 2020, Levrone came on the Sports Spectrum Podcast and talked about walking away from his NFL dream, reading God’s Word out of adoration, and how injuries in high school and college tested his faith.

The couple told People they are planning to go on their honeymoon later this year once McLaughlin’s track season is over.

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