Just seconds after realizing the University of Alabama had won the college football championship, offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman knew it was the perfect moment to get down on one knee. The football star found his college sweetheart, Nikki Hegstetter, and asked her to marry him.
"I had something planned to say, but it completely left my mind, and I just winged it," he told ESPN. "I said you've been there from the beginning, you've been with me, you've made me a better person." The athlete also said that the couple had discussed getting married long before the big game, but that Hegstetter, a basketball player, had no idea that he'd intended to propose so soon. ESPN captured the poignant moment on video, which showed Bozeman's emotional girlfriend nodding her head yes before pulling him in for a kiss.
She might not have seen her engagement ring coming, but had no doubts that her beau was going to win the NCAA championship. Just hours before the Alabama Crimson Tide faced the Georgia Bulldogs, Hegstetter took to Instagram to show her full support. "I sit here thinking about everything that you have been through the last five years to get to the point. You get to end your career at The University of Alabama on the biggest stage possible," wrote Hegstetter.
The bride-to-be also complimented her now-fiancé for his "poise, grace, and kindness." "No one is more deserving than you 75. I can't wait to see what the future holds for you and no matter what it is you'll be my rockstar," she continued. "I love you with all my heart and can't wait to watch you run out one last time for the Tide!" The duo may be fresh off their engagement, but ESPN reported that the Hegstetter and Bozeman already have their hearts set on April 2019 as a prospective wedding date.