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Alabama QB's girlfriend becomes Internet sensation

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:22 a.m. HST, Jan 08, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. >> 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.

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 noon today, she had topped 143,000 followers, trumping McCarron's 101,000. Before the game, Webb — who graduated with a business degree from longtime Alabama rival Auburn University in 2011, according to her pageant biography — had only a few hundred.

"Wow, I'm telling you quarterbacks: You get all the good-looking women," Musburger said as the camera focused on Webb, sitting with McCarron's mother. "What a beautiful woman. Wow!"

Some found the remarks from Musburger, 73, out of line. On Tuesday, ESPN released this statement: "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."

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett also was among those who noticed Webb during the broadcast. He tweeted her his telephone number and suggested they meet after the game. He later tweeted that he meant to message her privately.

McCarron responded after the game, telling Docket on Twitter, "(hash)betterkeepdreaming like the rest of these dudes."

Webb, a 23-year-old model, told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that she first encountered McCarron on Twitter, and they met in early December when he attended the Miss Alabama USA pageant in Montgomery. The two visited over the holidays and publicly confirmed their romance right before the New Year.

"(McCarron) has such an amazing heart. He realizes that family and friends and the people closest to you are most important," she told the paper.

Webb's pageant biography says she was born in Montgomery and grew up in Phenix City. Webb worked for Chick-fil-A as a training director in Columbus, Ga., before moving to Los Angeles to pursue modeling. She finished in the top 10 in the national pageant.

Before Monday's game, Webb tweeted a photo of herself wearing a jersey with McCarron's number, her arms wrapped around the quarterback.

Early Tuesday, Webb posted her first tweet to her new followers: "So extremely blessed... (at)10AJMcCarron. Congrats to Alabama and making history! (hash)BCSChamps."

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Anonymous wrote:
When Santa came down her chimney, all he could say was, "Honest, I've been a good boy!"
on January 8,2013 | 07:34AM
allie wrote:
Really so sexist. And what a horrible comment last night when the announcer said that all boys wanting pretty women ought to go into football. This country is hurting. Sexism is worse now than it has been in years.
on January 8,2013 | 09:40AM
kapoleidude1 wrote:
just cause u ugly...no hate!!
on January 8,2013 | 11:31AM
g15puna1 wrote:
Thought we was watching a FOOTBALL GAME not a BEAUTY PAGEANT in the stands..
on January 8,2013 | 11:12AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
We *were* watching a football game for the first ten minutes. After that you were left on your own to find a way to entertain yourself.
on January 8,2013 | 12:29PM
Mallory wrote:
so true - people were trying to distract themselves from such a huge disappointment
on January 8,2013 | 02:18PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Now imagine if Webb was an Asian from Hawaii. Musberger might have called her hard working, industrious AND beautiful. OMG Colleen's head might have exploded.
on January 8,2013 | 12:00PM
Mallory wrote:
on January 8,2013 | 02:18PM
tsboy wrote:
after the first quarter, i would have preferred to watch Katherine Webb for the next two hours. did you see that picture of her? i'm rating her a 12 on a scale of 10. she is HOTT! got no problem with what Musberger said, cause it was true. AJ is a lucky guy, and what does this country hurting have to do with sexism? this country is hurting cause there's no jobs and we got a lousy president who is trying to transform America into another Europe.
on January 8,2013 | 12:00PM
Mallory wrote:
on January 8,2013 | 02:18PM
jankenpo wrote:
Musburger was way out of line. I was waiting for him to pick up his tongue from the floor.
on January 8,2013 | 12:16PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Mushbugga is just a dirty old faart that lost his "BITE". http://www.normanbrent.com/sports_media.htm
on January 8,2013 | 12:40PM
Mallory wrote:
You can thank a crappy game for that
on January 8,2013 | 02:16PM
KamaainaUH wrote:
She looks anorexic, needs to eat to get some meat on those fragile bones.
on January 9,2013 | 11:56AM
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