Tim Tebow: Making a Difference Is Sexy

'It needs to be about who you are on the inside,' says the former quarterback

Photo: Courtesy Tim Tebow Foundation

Yes, Tim Tebow is 6’3″ and 244 lbs. of solid muscle. Wherever he goes, women try to fix him up with their daughters – or try to nab him for themselves.

It’s those looks that inspired PEOPLE to select Tebow as one of 2014’s Sexiest Men Alive. But for the former football star turned TV commentator, sexiness is about more than a handsome face or a good body.

“Of course I want to look nice and have a good appearance,” he tells PEOPLE. “But more than the outer shell, I want people to want to be around me for my heart. To me, it’s especially important to have a heart for kids who are hurting. Being able to make a difference is something that people should love, and that’s something that’s sexy about people.”

So, is Tebow anywhere close to settling down?

“I’m single,” he tells PEOPLE, adding that he’s open to a relationship with the right girl. “It really has to go deeper than what they look like on the outside,” he says.

“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.”

“People can be very sweet and kind to others who can do a lot for them,” he continues. “I want to find a girl who will be the same person to those who can’t do anything for her in return. It’s this way for myself: It’s about how we act when no one is watching.”

One thing that a potential Mrs. Tebow would have to navigate: his sense of style.

“I really need a lot of help,” he says with a laugh. “I’m not always the best at picking out what goes together. I always want to be presentable, but more than that, I want to be different. I’ve never just wanted to follow the crowd. I think that goes back to when I was a boy. If everyone was doing one thing, I’d do something different.”

Maintaining His Body

Although Tebow isn’t currently playing in the NFL, he still prioritizes his physical fitness with cardio and weight training. During his PEOPLE interview, he opted for steamed salmon over steak.

“I train about six days a week,” he says. “I’m training at the same intensity as I did when I was playing football. I’ve done it for my entire life and I love it. I try to be active, and to keep my body in the best shape I can possibly be in.”

“Being physically fit helps me think better and feel better,” he continues. “I only have this one body. I want to make the most impact that I can; taking care of my body helps me help others. That’s a big reason why I do it.”

Leaving a Legacy

In addition to his work as a commentator for the SEC Network, Tebow spotlights feel-good human interest stories on Good Morning America. An outspoken Christian, he administers the Tim Tebow Foundation, an organization that has an adoption aid program, builds “Timmy’s Playrooms” in children’s hospitals around the world, grants wishes to sick children and teens, and has built a five-story hospital in Davao City, Philippines.

“I hope that when I’m 90 years old, I’ve accomplished a legacy that isn’t all about me. I hope it’s a legacy about the people who our foundation helps. We’re about to open a hospital in the Philippines. I can’t wait. I was born there. We’ll have this hospital where we can help kids who are hurting; healing them physically but encouraging them emotionally and spiritually as well. We can make a difference in their lives.”

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