Tim Tebow says he's ready to get married and have children so that his kids can get to know his father and learn valuable life lessons from him.
"Baseball takes a lot of time and it's not like I don't have several other full-time jobs. But I'm definitely ready for a relationship and I'm looking forward to it," Tebow told People magazine on Wednesday.
"I can't wait for that, and I can't wait to have kids. I want my kids to know my dad and to learn the same lessons from him that I did," the NFL player-turned-professional baseball hopeful said, speaking about his parents, Bob and Pam Tebow.
While the 29-year-old Tebow insists he "can't wait" for a family of his own, the evangelical Christian athlete and author of Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms, is trying to exercise patience and wait on God.
"I can't wait, but I think it's something that I'll have to trust God for. He'll bring someone along at the right time, but that doesn't mean that I don't want it, though," he told People. "I think when I find the right woman, I'll make her the priority. You don't know where you'll meet the right person at, so you can't make it a priority until you find the right woman."
Earlier this year, Tebow was a guest on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" where he spoke to the comedian about what he's looking for in a partner.
"Obviously, someone that I'm extremely attracted to. But I think there has to be more there, there has to be depth, you know," he said. "You have to have similar beliefs, you have to have chemistry, character. But there has to be something more than just glitz and glamour."
When DeGeneres asked Tebow if he dates a lot, he shyly replied, "Some, yea. When I find the right one."
Last year, rumors surfaced that Tebow was romantically involved with former Miss USA Olivia Culpo. However, TMZ later reported that those reports were false.
"Well, sources close to the situation tell us Tebow and Culpo's romantic relationship never went beyond the rumor stage. We're told the chatter started after Olivia and Tim met in church a few months ago — and even though their reps denied it, a lot of people ran with it," TMZ reported. "Our sources say Tim did show interest in Olivia, and they hung out a few times with mutual friends ... but never had a one-on-one date."
Tebow has previously been linked to actress Camilla Belle and reality television star Jana Duggar. In 2014, reports surfaced that Duggar family patriarch Jim Bob wanted the athlete to date his daughter, Jana.
Tebow previously spoke to People magazine about the importance of looking for more than a pretty face when finding a future significant other.
"Of course it's important to be attracted to someone, but it really needs to be about who they are on the inside. I've always been attracted to girls whose hearts are the biggest thing about them," he told People. "People can be very sweet and kind to others who can do a lot for them. I want to find a girl who will be the same person to those who can't do anything for her in return."