Alabama’s routing of Notre Dame for its second straight national championship has been overshadowed in part by a new breakout star – Katherine Webb, girlfriend of quarterback AJ McCarron and Miss Alabama USA 2012.
According to the Newser, Webb gained tens of thousands of Twitter followers during and after Monday night’s game, when ESPN cameras visited and revisited Webb in the stands and announcer Brent Musburger piled on the compliments. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, she had topped 163,000 followers, trumping McCarron’s 110,000.
Katherine’s mother, Leslie Webb, told ABC News that her daughter’s newfound fame truly came as a surprise.
“I just couldn’t believe it,” said Webb, who, according to her pageant biography, graduated with a business degree from Alabama rival Auburn University in 2011. “I was just in complete surprise.”
McCarron’s mother, Dee Dee Bonner, said the two laughed as Webb’s Twitter count grew.
“We were like, ‘Oh my God,’ ” Bonner said. “She said, ‘All I want to do is date your son.’ We’ve been laughing about it. It’s quite shocking.”
Venerable sportscaster Brent Musberger then offered some insightful analysis about the perks of being a star college football quarterback in the Deep South, reports the Mashable.
“You see that lovely lady there, she does go to Auburn, but she’s also Miss Alabama and that’s AJ McCarron’s girlfriend,” he said. “You quarterbacks, you get all the good looking women.
“What a beautiful woman. Wow. If you’re a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the back yard with pops!” he told viewers.
Some found the remarks from Musburger, 73, out of line.
He said: “We always try to capture interesting storylines and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback certainly met that test. However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent understands that.”
But Webb said Musburger’s comments didn’t bother her.
For the record, the first hug from AJ McCarron went to his dad; the second to his mom.
It was then, finally, when McCarron reached over and kissed his girlfriend, Katherine Webb, the reigning Miss Alabama and a young lady that, due to ESPN repeatedly flashing to her during the game broadcast, is America’s newest celebrity, says the Yahoo Sports.
So let it be known, here on a charmed night in the charmed life of AJ McCarron, it was still family first. Webb just had to wait.
“That means he’s a family guy, a mama’s boy,” Webb said with a laugh to Yahoo! Sports. “And I’m totally good with that. It’s that personality that attracted me to him in the first place. It was never about his status on the team.”
Katherine’s mother, Leslie Webb, says, designers now want Katherine to wear their clothes, and she said that none other than Donald Trump now wants to meet with Katherine and McCarron.
“It’s fun for it to happen to someone like that,” her mother said. “She’s a humble girl, she’s a really sweet girl, and the type of person that likes to make other people happy, puts others before herself, and to help little girls. She loves the lord and loves her life.”