Katherine Webb

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Katherine Webb-McCarron
Webb in Paradise, Nevada on May 28, 2012
Katherine Elizabeth Webb

(1989-04-24) April 24, 1989 (age 34)
Other namesKatherine McCarron
Alma materAuburn University
(m. 2014)
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Alabama USA 2012
Hair colorBrunette
Eye colorBlue-green
Miss Georgia USA 2008
(Top 15)
Miss Alabama USA 2012
Miss USA 2012
(Top 10)

Katherine Elizabeth Webb-McCarron (born April 24, 1989), 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.[1][2]

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 A. J. 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]

Some of the media coverage of Webb had focused on her being an Auburn University graduate, because of the long Auburn–Alabama sports rivalry.[7][8][9] 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.[10][11]

Due to the incident, the number of followers on Webb's Twitter account jumped overnight from about 2,000 to over 175,000.[12][13] Among her new Twitter followers were NBA star LeBron James,[4][14] and Webb received messages from NFL defensive end Darnell Dockett[15][16][17][18] and Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray.[15][16] The next day, the phrase "AJ McCarron girlfriend" was one of Google's highest trending terms, with over 1 million searches.[19] A YouTube video of her appearance in the game has garnered over 3 million views.[20]

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.[21][22]

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.[23]

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.[24][25] She accepted an offer from Inside Edition to cover Super Bowl XLVII.[26][27]

Webb landed a spot as a contestant on Splash, formerly known as Celebrity Diving.[28] She tied for the highest mark in the third week of the competition, but withdrew in the fifth week due to a back injury.[29] She appeared as a model in the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[30][31]

Personal life[edit]

Webb and A. J. McCarron announced their engagement in March 2014 and were married on July 12, 2014 in Orange Beach, Alabama.[32] She announced on December 8, 2015, that she was four months pregnant with their first son to whom she gave birth in May 2016. In December 2018, Webb gave birth to a second son.[33] In March 2021, Webb gave birth to the couple's third son.[34]

Webb is an Evangelical Christian and is frequently involved in her church.[35] McCarron, her husband, is a devout Roman Catholic.


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  2. ^ Sorich, Sonya. "Overnight celebrity: Katherine Webb aims to prove she's 'more than just a pretty face, she even show her sweet spots that hits the tip differently'" Archived 2017-04-23 at the Wayback Machine. ledger-enquirer.com. March 23, 2013; retrieved April 9, 2013.
  3. ^ "Contestants". Miss Universe. January 8, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Pilon, Mary (January 8, 2013). "Musburger Criticized for Remarks About Star's Girlfriend During Title Game". The New York Times. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  5. ^ Gicas, Peter (January 8, 2013). "AJ McCarron's Girlfriend, Miss Alabama Katherine Webb, Steals Spotlight During BCS Title Game". E!. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  6. ^ "AJ McCarron's Girlfriend Katherine Webb Talks About Stealing BCS Spotlight With Carson Daly!". CBS News. January 8, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  7. ^ "Alabama's AJ McCarron reportedly dating Miss Alabama Katherine Webb, who happens to be an Auburn alum". Sporting News. December 28, 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  8. ^ Sorich, Sonya (December 28, 2012). "Miss Alabama USA 2012 Katherine Webb, an Auburn grad, is dating Alabama QB AJ McCarron". Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  9. ^ Myerberg, Paul (December 28, 2012). "Alabama QB is dating Miss Alabama, but she's an Auburn grad". USA Today. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  10. ^ Wei, William (January 9, 2013). "This Isn't The First Time Brent Musburger And ESPN Gushed Over A Pretty Girl". Business Insider. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  11. ^ Dolak, Kevin (January 8, 2013). "Katherine Webb Enjoys Web Fame After ESPN Spotlight". ABC News. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  12. ^ Reeves, Jay (January 8, 2013). "Katherine Webb Twitter: AJ McCarron's Girlfriend Gains Many Followers During BCS Title Game". Huffington Post. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  13. ^ "AJ McCarron girlfriend Katherine Webb gains 175,000 Twitter followers in one night". ABC News. January 8, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  14. ^ Salamanca, Jean-Paul (January 9, 2013). "LeBron James One of Many New Fans of Miss Alabama After Sunday Game". Latinospost.com. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  15. ^ a b Kingston, Jonathan (January 8, 2013). "Miss Alabama Katherine Webb becomes Miss Twitterverse". ABC News. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  16. ^ a b Stump, Scott (January 8, 2013). "ESPN apologizes for going 'too far' with comments about Alabama quarterback's girlfriend". Today. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  17. ^ Goldman, Leah (January 8, 2013). "Katherine Webb Thought NFL Player Darnell Dockett's Tweets Were Inappropriate". Business Insider. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  18. ^ Schilken, Chuck (January 8, 2013). "Cardinals' Darnell Dockett tweets phone number to Katherine Webb". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  19. ^ Laird, Sam (January 8, 2013). "QB's Bombshell Girlfriend Becomes a Viral Sensation". Mashable.com. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  20. ^ "Kirk & Brent Lose It Over Katherine Webb". YouTube. January 7, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  21. ^ "Katherine Webb excuses Brent Musburger". EW.com. January 9, 2013. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  22. ^ Chase, Chris (January 9, 2013). "Katherine Webb says she didn't need a Brent Musburger apology". USA Today. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  23. ^ Gleeson, Scott (September 3, 2018). "Brent Musburger, now Raiders play-by-play voice, welcomes AJ McCarron's 'beautiful' wife". USA Today.
  24. ^ Manfred, Tony (January 9, 2013). "Donald Trump Gives Katherine Webb Her First Post-Fame Job Offer: Miss USA Judge". Business Insider. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  25. ^ Roeper, Richard (January 9, 2013). "Brent Musburger hardly being a beast with his comments about this beauty". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  26. ^ Mitchell, Houston (January 17, 2013). "Katherine Webb will cover Super Bowl for 'Inside Edition'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  27. ^ Greenwell, Jeff (January 15, 2013). "Katherine Webb to cover Super Bowl XLVII for Inside Edition". Yardbarker. Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  28. ^ "Katherine Webb signs on for reality show 'Celebrity Diving'". Fox News. January 22, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  29. ^ Barker, Olivia (April 19, 2013). "Nicole Eggert hospitalized after 'Splash' dive". USA Today. Retrieved April 20, 2013.
  30. ^ Foss, Mike (February 11, 2013). "Katherine Webb unites Alabama and Auburn with bathing suit". USA Today. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  31. ^ Gray, Andy (February 27, 2013). "Caught in the Webb". Swim Daily. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  32. ^ Fischer, Bryan (March 28, 2014). "AJ McCarron, Katherine Webb announce engagement on Twitter". NFL.com. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  33. ^ Juneau, Jen (December 19, 2018). "It's a Boy! Katherine Webb-McCarron and AJ McCarron Welcome Son Cash Carter". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  34. ^ "Katherine Webb and AJ McCarron Welcome Third Son Gunnar Cruz: 'Your Brothers Are So Excited to Meet You'".
  35. ^ Proctor, Aungelique (January 8, 2013). "Katherine Webb's dad: "Give Brent a break"". FOX 5. Archived from the original on March 30, 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2014.

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Preceded by Miss Alabama USA
Succeeded by
Mary Margaret McCord