Katherine Webb, girlfriend of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, became an overnight sensation when ESPN play-by-play man Brent Musburger commented on her looks. The 2012 Miss Alabama is now slated to appear in this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, on sale the week of Feb. 11. I spoke with Webb Friday afternoon.
SI.com: How surprised were you to get the call from Sports Illustrated?
Webb: I was completely dumbfounded. It was so shocking to me because literally overnight I go from being AJ’s girlfriend and going to support him in the championship game to being on every major media news outlet. It’s just so surprising to me. I don’t know what God has planned, but obviously he’s working on something. When Sports Illustrated called it just became even more real that this is happening. Every single model wants to be in Sports Illustrated, and I feel extremely blessed to have that opportunity.
SI.com: So it’s safe to assume you said yes right away when you got the call?
Webb: Oh, my gosh. Absolutely. I’ve been approached by different publications, but I think a lot of America appreciated how classy I was, and I got a lot of responses saying I was America’s sweetheart and all that kind of stuff. I’m from Alabama and I have morals and I have class. That’s my personality. A lot of people have said I’m the anti-Kim Kardashian and I’m all right with that.