Crimson Tide center Bradley Bozeman proposes to girlfriend after CFP victory

ATLANTA -- Alabama offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman already has a national championship ring from 2015, and he earned another one by helping the Crimson Tide win the College Football Playoff championship game on Monday night.

But after Alabama's 26-23 overtime victory over Georgia, Bozeman had a ring that he wanted to give someone else: his girlfriend, Nikki Hegstetter.

In the midst of the chaotic postgame celebration unfolding on the field of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Bozeman got down on one knee and proposed to Hegstetter. She said yes, adding a touch of romance to a night that was a thriller from start to finish.

"I had something planned that I wanted to say," Bozeman said. "But it completely left my mind."

Bozeman was mobbed by his teammates when he entered the Alabama locker room. Offensive lineman Dallas Warmack and defensive back Levi Wallace hugged Bozeman first before other teammates surrounded him and started yelling "Boze!" Quarterback Jalen Hurts smiled at the scene, shook his head and said, "This is crazy."

Bozeman, a senior, said he planned to propose once he found out Alabama clinched the fourth and final spot in the CFP last month. Had the Tide lost along the way, he said, "we would have had to regroup."

Bozeman, a second-team All-American at center, said he and Hegstetter haven't settled on a date or location for the wedding but are tentatively looking toward April 2019.

Hegstetter is an accomplished athlete in her own right, a three-year starter for the Alabama women's basketball team. She finished No. 7 in Tide history in career starts, with 98 over four years. She also led the team with 6.3 rebounds per game in her final season, 2015-16.