Tim Tebow Messiah Watch: Body-Painted Mary Magdalene Edition

With apologies to Slate, the Tim Tebow Messiah Watch is our occasional look at the growing body of evidence — quotes, signs and wonders, excessively fawning prose — that the Florida quarterback is the Lamb of God.

The first comes from a young woman named Erin Drewes, who appeared at Tebow's side in this famous photograph and who recently posed for a series of photographs that soon will be even more famous, for the simple reason that His jersey has been body-painted on her chest. Erin spoke with Playboy.com's Girlwatcher about speculation that she is His girlfriend.

Witness: Erin Drewes, via Playboy.com's Girlwatcher (NSFW)

Testimony:

I actually attended a Bucs game with my Dad and somebody said to me, "Hey, I know who you are, you're Tim Tebow's girlfriend." My Dad just laughed. As far as other people thinking it was true, they absolutely did. So let me set the record straight: I was never dating Tim Tebow, nor was I ever his girlfriend!

Pertinent Scripture: From the apocryphal Gospel of Mary Magdalene

[Peter] questioned them about the Savior: Did He really speak privately with a woman and not openly to us? Are we to turn about and all listen to her? Did He prefer her to us?

Then Mary wept and said to Peter, My brother Peter, what do you think? Do you think that I have thought this up myself in my heart, or that I am lying about the Savior?

The second comes via Florida tackle Marcus Gilbert, whose knee memorably betrayed Tebow in an earlier game against Kentucky, colliding with His head and causing a concussion.

Witness: Marcus Gilbert, via the Miami Herald's Mike McCall

Testimony:

UF tackle Marcus Gilbert, whose knee collided with Tebow's head on that play, said Tuesday he still catches grief from friends for the incident.

"I got like three 'How's your knee' and like 100 'Why'd you mess up Tebow,'" Gilbert joked.

Pertinent Scripture: From the apocryphal Gospel of Judas

Judas said to him, "In the vision I saw myself as the twelve disciples were stoning me and persecuting [me severely].

ERIN DREWES IS (STILL!) NOT TIM TEBOW'S GIRLFRIEND-A Girlwatcher Special Report [Playboy]
UF's Urban Meyer makes Heisman Trophy case for Tebow [Miami Herald]