Almost as much as he is known for a legendary college career that didn’t quite translate to sustained NFL success, Tim Tebow is known for having a strong Christian faith. That has informed Tebow’s extensive charity work, and it is also guiding his family plans.
The former quarterback, now attempting a baseball career in the Mets’ organization, recently told People that he would like to adopt a child from “every continent,” saying that would better reflect “God’s family.”
“I want to adopt so badly,” Tebow said to People. “I can’t wait. It’s definitely something I see in my future.”
“You know what I think would be awesome? If I could adopt a kid from every continent. I think that would be a pretty cool goal,” he said. “I want to sit around the dinner table every night and see kids from Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, right here in the States. How cool would that be? It’s one of my favorite things to dream about.”
Technically, Tebow omitted Antarctica, which is understandable, and Australia, which is a bit more odd, given that he has a close connection to the relatively nearby Philippines. Also, some scientists are pushing for the recognition of an eighth continent, Zealandia, so Tebow might need to further expand his brood.
While the 29-year-old former Heisman winner is single, he is looking for a woman to share his life, one who checks off a few boxes. “Of course I want a woman who I’m attracted to,” he said. “That’s a very big part of it. But I’m looking for someone who loves Jesus and loves people. Someone who makes me want to be a better person for her.
“And she has to want kids, and has to want to adopt. That’s a requirement.”
Tebow’s faith has led him to proclaim an intention to abstain from sex before marriage, which reportedly was a factor in a 2015 breakup between him and a former Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo. It wasn’t clear from his comments to People if Tebow plans on having kids of his own, but he clearly wants a diverse family.
Saying that “when you look at God’s family, it’s not about color,” Tebow told the magazine, “Love knows no color. … That’s what unity looks like to me: knowing that you can love people who aren’t the same as you are. I want to teach that message to my kids; I want them to live it.”