Tim Tebow reveals his elaborate proposal to former Miss Universe: 'She's my universe'

It's only fitting that former NFL star Tim Tebow would talk about how he proposed to his fiancee, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, on their first Valentine's Day as an engaged couple.

The former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time college football national champion said he planned dozens of surprises for the former Miss Universe 2017 when he popped the question with a 7.25-carat ring in January.

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"And thankfully we pulled it off," Tebow, 31, told "Fox & Friends" Thursday morning.

With all the things going on in his life -- from being an executive film producer of "Run the Race," a host for Lebron James' show, "Million Dollar Mile," which debuts in March, and playing for the New York Mets minor league team -- he said his engagement is the best news of it all.

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"You know the thing about surprises, you have to lie a lot to set it up," the outspoken Christian philanthropist added. "I didn't like that."

Tim Tebow, left, and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters attend the "Run the Race" world premiere held at the Egyptian Theatre on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision for RUN THE RACE, LLC/AP Images)

Tim Tebow, left, and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters attend the "Run the Race" world premiere held at the Egyptian Theatre on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision for RUN THE RACE, LLC/AP Images)

Tebow secretly flew her family from South Africa to his family farm outside Jacksonville, Florida, where he got down on one knee under a wooden archway. Then her favorite South African artist, Matthew Mole, played "The Wedding Song" for them as they danced.

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"I surprised her with her family and best friends," he said. "It was just incredible."

The newly engaged couple celebrated Tebow's "favorite night of the year" together last Friday. Nel-Peters said it was the reason they met, as she has a sister with special needs who participated in a "Night to Shine" in South Africa. Before she knew him as her fiance, she called him the "Night to Shine guy."

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When asked if he calls her "Miss Universe," he said: "She's my universe."

The two gushed about their engagement in January on Instagram when they first revealed the big news.

"Any dreams I've ever had, you've exceeded them all! I love you and I can't wait to spend forever with you!" Nel-Peters, 23, wrote.

Tebow said, "Thank you for saying YES and making me the happiest man in the world. You’re the love of my life, and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you."

He told "Fox & Friends" they haven't set a date yet because it's been a whirlwind.