Tim Tebow Talks Return to Mets, Starting a Family, and His New Kindli App
Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow can’t wait to get back on the field — the baseball field, that is.
“Extra’s” Nate Burleson chatted with Tim about returning to the New York Mets after missing most of the 2019 season with an injured pinkie and then the 2020 minor league season due to the pandemic.
Tim shared with Nate that he plans to get back in the game: “That’s what I’m shooting for. That’s what I’m planning for.”
He added, “There’s so many things that I want to go accomplish and go after… I still love competing and I still love the game of football and baseball, and so while I still have the opportunity — I don’t know how much longer — but I still love competing, and so, you know, I have that shot. I like going after it.”
Nate smiled, saying, “So, that means J.Lo and A-Rod, they were almost your bosses, right?”
Tim replied, “Yeah, I think they’d be good bosses, though, don’t you?”
Until baseball is back, Tebow is loving married life with former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. The two tied the knot last January.
Nate said, “I’ve gotta ask you: Are you guys thinking about kids or are you like, ‘You know what? Let’s just wait a little bit… Let’s run this four-minute offense’?”
Tim said, “I love it. What a good question. I don’t know if we’re running the four-minute offense or we’re playing defense. We’ve talked about, we’re trying to figure out what’s next for us… It’s something that we both definitely want, and are excited for when I think it’s just the right time, which, you know, hopefully, we’ll both know when that is.”
The couple have made the best of their time together during the pandemic, Tim said. “It’s been obviously a unique last nine months with COVID… We’ve had a lot of family members that have gotten sick and loved ones, but I’ll tell you one of the silver linings for us is we kind of got an extended honeymoon, and we had so much more time together… It really was a blessing in a lot of ways.”
He added that since he and Demi-Leigh had never lived together, “It was learning and growing so much. It was fun to be able to figure out… our routine.”
Tebow has been outspoken about his faith, and Nate asked how it has helped guide him in these unprecedented times.
Tim said, “You can look at it and say, yes, this is disappointing, but also, you know, our God’s able to turn those disappointments into sometimes the best things in our life, because he uses it in us and through us.”
Tebow is using his sports star status to pay it forward with a kindness revolution and his app, Kindli.
“Our goal is to be able to have 1 billion acts of kindness and raise $1 billion,” he explained. “Before you’re allowed to post, you have to donate $1… and 100 cents out of that dollar goes to one of the charities that you pick that’s near and dear to your heart… We know they’re both pretty lofty goals, but, you know, we believe in dreaming big.”