Katherine Webb

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Katherine Webb-McCarron
Katherine Webb 2012.jpg
Webb in Las Vegas on May 28, 2012
Born Katherine Elizabeth Webb
(1989-04-24) April 24, 1989 (age 29)
Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.
Alma mater Auburn University
Title Miss Alabama USA 2012
Spouse(s)
AJ McCarron (m. 2014)
Children 1
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair color Brunette
Eye color Blue
Major
competition(s)
Miss Georgia USA 2008
(Top 15)
Miss Alabama USA 2012
(Winner)
Miss USA 2012
(Top 10)

Katherine Elizabeth Webb-McCarron (born April 24, 1989), professionally known by her maiden name Katherine Webb, is an American model, beauty queen, and television personality. She was Miss Alabama USA 2012 and is perhaps best known for her appearance during the broadcast of the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.

Early life[edit]

Katherine Webb was born in Montgomery, Alabama, to Alan and Leslie Webb. She has three siblings. She attended middle school and high school in Columbus, Georgia, and graduated from Northside High School in 2007. She then attended Auburn University. She graduated from Auburn in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Administration.[1][2]

She worked in Columbus, Georgia as a training director after graduating from Auburn University and modeled locally for a variety of companies. She now models professionally for clients in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, and Atlanta.[1]

Pageant history[edit]

In 2007 Webb was a semi-finalist in the Miss Georgia USA 2008 pageant. She was crowned Miss Alabama USA in 2012, and then went on to finish in the Top 10 of the Miss USA 2012 competition.[1][3]

BCS National Championship Game appearance[edit]

Webb, who was then the girlfriend (now wife) of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, gained national attention during the 2013 BCS National Championship Game telecast, in which announcer Brent Musburger talked about Webb when the broadcast image centered on her as she sat watching the game in the audience. Musburger referred to her as a "lovely lady" and "beautiful", and remarked to his broadcast partner, former quarterback Kirk Herbstreit, "You quarterbacks get all the good-looking women".[4] Musberger then punctuated his comments exclaiming "Whoa!" and "Wow!" and then remarked that Alabama youngsters should start practicing football in the backyard in order to meet such women in college.

After the game, media coverage of Musburger's remarks on Webb was widespread.[5][6][7]

Some of the media coverage of Webb had focused on her being an Auburn University graduate, because of the long Auburn–Alabama sports rivalry.[5][8][9][10] Many media commentators compared Musberger's remarks on Webb to Musberger's earlier remarks on the then-unknown Jenn Sterger at the 2005 Florida StateMiami game; Musberger had pointed out Sterger in the crowd and said "1,500 red-blooded Americans just decided to apply to Florida State", thereby launching Sterger to fame and eventually a career in journalism.[11][12][13]

Due to the incident, the number of followers on Webb's Twitter account jumped overnight from about 2,000 to over 175,000.[14][15] Among her new Twitter followers were NBA star LeBron James,[4][16] and Webb received messages from NFL defensive end Darnell Dockett[17][18][19][20] and Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray.[17][18] The next day, the phrase "AJ McCarron girlfriend" was one of Google's highest trending terms, with over 1 million searches.[21] A YouTube video of her appearance in the game has garnered over 3 million views.[22]

Some coverage was critical of Musburger's comments as sexist, and an ESPN spokesperson issued an apology.[4] Webb told Matt Lauer that she was not offended by the remarks and did not feel an apology from ESPN was necessary. "I think the media has been really unfair to [Musburger] ... I think that if he would have said ... that we were hot or sexy or made any derogatory statements like that, I think that would have been a little bit different. But the fact that he said we were beautiful and gorgeous, I don't see why any woman wouldn't be flattered by that", she added.[23][24]

The incident was revisited by Brent Musburger himself in 2018 when AJ McCarron was traded by the Buffalo Bills to the Oakland Raiders, the team whose games Musburger would begin calling on radio that year. "Can't wait for the 'beautiful' Mrs. McCarron to join us in Oakland," he posted on Twitter.[25]

Post-BCS celebrity[edit]

After coverage of Webb on the BCS National Championship Game catapulted her popularity and sparked mass interest in her, Donald Trump, owner of the Miss USA pageant, offered Webb a position as a Miss USA judge.[26][27] She accepted an offer from Inside Edition to cover Super Bowl XLVII.[28][29]

Webb landed a spot as a contestant on Splash, formerly known as Celebrity Diving.[30][31] She tied for the highest mark in the third week of the competition, but withdrew in the fifth week due to a back injury.[32] She appeared as a model in the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[33][34]

Personal life[edit]

Webb and AJ McCarron announced their engagement in March 2014 and were married on July 12, 2014 in Orange Beach, Alabama.[35] She announced on December 8, 2015, that she was 4 months pregnant with their first son. On May 24, 2016, she gave birth to their son Tripp McCarron. Webb is a Christian and is frequently involved in her church. She often tweets about her faith on her Twitter account as well.[36][37][38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Katherine Webb". Miss Universe. 2013-01-08. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  2. ^ Sorich, Sonya. "Overnight celebrity: Katherine Webb aims to prove she's 'more than just a pretty face'". ledger-enquirer.com. March 23, 2013; retrieved April 9, 2013.
  3. ^ "Contestants". Miss Universe. 2013-01-08. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  4. ^ a b c Pilon, Mary (2013-01-08). "Musburger Criticized for Remarks About Star's Girlfriend During Title Game". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  5. ^ a b Warren, Lydia (2013-01-10). "Miss Alabama changes her number and cancels interviews as she fears her relationship with quarterback A.J. McCarron will be seen as a 'celebrity status thing'". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  6. ^ Gicas, Peter (2013-01-08). "AJ McCarron's Girlfriend, Miss Alabama Katherine Webb, Steals Spotlight During BCS Title Game". E!. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  7. ^ "AJ McCarron's Girlfriend Katherine Webb Talks About Stealing BCS Spotlight With Carson Daly!". CBS News. 2013-01-08. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  8. ^ "Alabama's AJ McCarron reportedly dating Miss Alabama Katherine Webb, who happens to be an Auburn alum". Sporting News. 2012-12-28. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  9. ^ Sorich, Sonya (2012-12-28). "Miss Alabama USA 2012 Katherine Webb, an Auburn grad, is dating Alabama QB AJ McCarron". Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  10. ^ Myerberg, Paul (2012-12-28). "Alabama QB is dating Miss Alabama, but she's an Auburn grad". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  11. ^ Wei, William (2013-01-09). "This Isn't The First Time Brent Musburger And ESPN Gushed Over A Pretty Girl". Business Insider. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  12. ^ Dolak, Kevin (2013-01-08). "Katherine Webb Enjoys Web Fame After ESPN Spotlight". ABC News. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  13. ^ "Webb not first beauty Musberger's helped make famous". New York Post. 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  14. ^ Reeves, Jay (2013-01-08). "Katherine Webb Twitter: AJ McCarron's Girlfriend Gains Many Followers During BCS Title Game". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  15. ^ "AJ McCarron girlfriend Katherine Webb gains 175,000 Twitter followers in one night". ABC News. 2013-01-08. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  16. ^ Salamanca, Jean-Paul (2013-01-09). "LeBron James One of Many New Fans of Miss Alabama After Sunday Game". Latinospost.com. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  17. ^ a b Kingston, Jonathan (2013-01-08). "Miss Alabama Katherine Webb becomes Miss Twitterverse". ABC News. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  18. ^ a b Stump, Scott (2013-01-08). "ESPN apologizes for going 'too far' with comments about Alabama quarterback's girlfriend". Today. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  19. ^ Goldman, Leah (2013-01-08). "Katherine Webb Thought NFL Player Darnell Dockett's Tweets Were Inappropriate". Business Insider. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  20. ^ Schilken, Chuck (2013-01-08). "Cardinals' Darnell Dockett tweets phone number to Katherine Webb". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  21. ^ Laird, Sam (2013-01-08). "QB's Bombshell Girlfriend Becomes a Viral Sensation". Mashable.com. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  22. ^ "Kirk & Brent Lose It Over Katherine Webb". YouTube. 2013-01-07. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  23. ^ Webb comments on Musburger comments and apology
  24. ^ Chase, Chris (2013-01-09). "Katherine Webb says she didn't need a Brent Musburger apology". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  25. ^ Gleeson, Scott (September 3, 2018). "Brent Musburger, now Raiders play-by-play voice, welcomes AJ McCarron's 'beautiful' wife". USA Today. 
  26. ^ Manfred, Tony (2013-01-09). "Donald Trump Gives Katherine Webb Her First Post-Fame Job Offer: Miss USA Judge". Business Insider. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  27. ^ Roeper, Richard (2013-01-09). "Brent Musburger hardly being a beast with his comments about this beauty". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  28. ^ Mitchell, Houston (2013-01-17). "Katherine Webb will cover Super Bowl for 'Inside Edition'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  29. ^ Greenwell, Jeff (2013-01-15). "Katherine Webb to cover Super Bowl XLVII for Inside Edition". Yardbarker. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  30. ^ "Katherine Webb signs on for reality show 'Celebrity Diving'". Fox News. January 22, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Miss Alabama Katherine Webb joins celebrity diving show as her QB boyfriend relents and gives his blessing to her fame". Daily Mail. January 22, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  32. ^ Barker, Olivia (April 19, 2013). "Nicole Eggert hospitalized after 'Splash' dive". USA Today. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  33. ^ Foss, Mike (February 11, 2013). "Katherine Webb unites Alabama and Auburn with bathing suit". USA Today. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  34. ^ Gray, Andy (February 27, 2013). "Caught in the Webb". Swim Daily. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  35. ^ Fischer, Bryan (March 28, 2014). "AJ McCarron, Katherine Webb announce engagement on Twitter". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  36. ^ Proctor, Aungelique (January 8, 2013). "Katherine Webb's dad: "Give Brent a break"". FOX 5. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  37. ^ Katherine McCarron [@_KatherineWebb] (23 June 2013). "Church 🙏 Love me some Jesus" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  38. ^ Katherine McCarron [@_KatherineWebb] (11 March 2013). "Matthew 5:16 One of my favorite verses. Great way to start the day! 👍" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 

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Preceded by
Madeline Mitchell
Miss Alabama USA
2012
Succeeded by
Mary Margaret McCord