Tim Tebow is dating Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters: All the details

Good things come to those who wait!

Tim Tebow, who's long expressed his wish to find the right girl for him, has struck up a romance with Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who was crowned 2017's Miss Universe.

"She is a really special girl and I am very lucky and blessed for her coming into my life," Tebow told ESPN in a new interview. "I am usually very private with these things but I am very thankful." 

Nel-Peters, 23, hails from South Africa, while 30-year-old Tebow is Florida-born and raised.

See photos of Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters:

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Tebow previously dated Olivia Culpo, who won Miss Universe in 2012.

Tebow's NFL career was notoriously rocky, but during his collegiate years at Florida, he was a two-time national champion and won the 2007 Heisman Trophy.

His Christian faith became entwined with his public persona: After he'd graduated, the NCAA enacted the so-called "Tebow rule," which prohibits players from writing messages on the face paint they wear under their eyes. Tebow had etched biblical verses on his.

Tebow has since made the transition to pro baseball and currently plays for the New York Mets.

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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 21: RY 21: RY 21: RY 21: RY 21: Tim Tebow #83 of the New York Mets poses for a photo during photo days at First Data Field on February 21, 2018 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - AUG 13: Tim Tebow of the Mets at bat during the Florida State League game between the St. Lucie Mets and the Tampa Yankees on August 13, 2017, at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - AUG 13: A Gators fan is all smiles as he captures a selfie with Tim Tebow of the Mets before the Florida State League game between the St. Lucie Mets and the Tampa Yankees on August 13, 2017, at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
KISSIMMEE, FL - JUL 21: Tim Tebow of the Mets throws the ball back into the infield during the Florida State League game between the St. Lucie Mets and the Florida Fire Frogs on July 21, 2017, at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
KISSIMMEE, FL - JUL 21: Tim Tebow of the Mets makes a catch in centerfield during the Florida State League game between the St. Lucie Mets and the Florida Fire Frogs on July 21, 2017, at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - JUNE 28: St. Lucie Mets Outfielder Tim Tebow (15) laughs with St. Lucie Mets Outfielder John Mora (4) on the field before the start of the second game of a double header MiLB minor league baseball game between the Palm Beach Cardinals and the St. Lucie Mets at the First Data Field in Port St Lucie, Florida on June 28, 2017. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - JUNE 28: St. Lucie Mets Outfielder Tim Tebow (15) smiles as he signs autographs for fans in the stands before the start of the first game of a double header MiLB minor league baseball game between the Palm Beach Cardinals and the St. Lucie Mets on June 28, 2017 at the First Data Field in Port St Lucie, Florida.. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - JUNE 28: St. Lucie Mets Outfielder Tim Tebow (15) laughs with a team mate in the dugout during the second game of a double header MiLB minor league baseball game between the Palm Beach Cardinals and the St. Lucie Mets at the First Data Field in Port St Lucie, Florida on June 28, 2017. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - JUNE 28: St. Lucie Mets Outfielder Tim Tebow (15) smiles before batting during the first game of a double header MiLB minor league baseball game between the Palm Beach Cardinals and the St. Lucie Mets on June 28, 2017 at the First Data Field in Port St Lucie, Florida.. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHARLESTON,SC - JUNE 17: Tim Tebow (15) of the Fireflies at bat during the minor league game between the Columbia Fireflies and the Charleston RiverDogs on June 17, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LAKELAND, FL - MARCH 20: Tim Tebow #97 of the New York Mets looks on from the dugout during the Spring Training game against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 20, 2017 in Lakeland, Florida. The Tigers defeated the Mets 5-1. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LAKELAND, FL - MARCH 20: Tim Tebow (97) of the Mets at bat during the spring training game between the New York Mets and the Detroit Tigers on March 20, 2017 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PORT ST LUCIE, FL - MARCH 08: New York Mets Designated Hitter Tim Tebow (97) during a MLB spring training game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets at Tradition Field in Port St Lucie, Florida on March 8, 2017. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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