Tanner Morgan and Sarah Becroft went shopping in July, so she knew the Gophers’ offer to start a defender was just around the corner.
“She picked one and was a little nervous, but it was really exciting,” Morgan recalled on Tuesday. “… She probably thought it should happen on Thanksgiving or after the season, something like that, because I don’t have much free time and everything.”
But during Gophers’ farewell week, Morgan posed this question during an outdoor proposal on a gorgeous fall day last Saturday in her hometown of Victoria, Minnesota. She said yes, and the newlywed couple beamed in the photos posted on Instagram.
“It was really special,” Morgan said. “This is the woman I have always dreamed of and prayed for.”
Morgan said he needed her family’s help to “prevent her from understanding” that this was really happening. “They definitely played a huge role in making it go,” he said. “And make this day special for her.”
Morgan said he took his first step on Instagram in the summer of 2019 (no wedding date has been set yet).
“Successful promotion at DM,” he joked, remembering how he surprised her with a direct message.
“You or she?” the journalist continued.
“It was me,” Morgan said with a smile.
Morgan said he fell in love with Beckcraft more when she supported him during his father Ted’s battle with cancer last year and during Ted’s death in July.
“When you go through these things in your life, there are a couple of people that you really reach out to and you can see their heart towards you,” Morgan said. “This is the person with whom I have always wanted to talk about how I felt: the difficult things with which I wanted to share exciting news when I needed support at that time and in my daily life too. It was really cool to see her heart and how she loved my father. ”
Before leaving, Ted foresaw an upcoming engagement, Tanner said. “My father knew it was probably her before me,” Morgan said. “It was cool and I was really happy that she spent a lot of time with him.”
Morgan shared a personal story on Tuesday, even before there was any breakdown over U’s next opponent, Nebraska, at home at 11am on Saturday. As Morgan shone in the podium, his main successor, Chris Othman-Bell, punched hard from the back of a room on campus.
“This is the love of his life; it’s great for him, ”Othman-Bell said. “He found his life partner. She is beautiful. As he said, she is a wonderful person, always by his side. He is who he goes to, his typical player, not a player … a person who loves to do it. ”
Outman-Bell can be forgiven for slipping out some football vocabulary; not every day a college football teammate is involved.