Usually if a person strikes celebrity oil and becomes famous, they immediately move out to Los Angeles or New York.
The story of how Katherine Webb gained fame and over 200,000 Twitter followers in 24 hours isn’t exactly your usual story.
Webb became an Internet sensation when ESPN’s Brent Musburger mused over her as cameras caught her cheering on boyfriend and Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron during the BCS Title Game on Monday night. The former Miss Indiana USA since commented that she was flattered; Musburger through a network statement apologized for his remarks.
It doesn’t seem other people minded either. Webb’s follower count on Twitter quickly grew to six digits within 12 hours, far surpassing her boyfriend. It seems great for someone who competed for the title of Miss USA just this last June in Las Vegas.
“I’m currently living in Los Angeles and I’m pursuing (modeling),” Webb noted in a phone interview on “The Ralphie Show,” before dropping an interesting piece of news. “Now that me and AJ are dating, I’m pretty sure I’ll probably be moving back home and focusing on our relationship.”
That’s right: the woman that America swooned over Monday night is putting her boyfriend, of only one month mind you, before her seemingly-now-booming modeling career. But Webb is just getting started; she also revealed what she plans to use her new-found platform for.
“My heart and my passion is for being a coach and a leader for the younger generation and for the kids,” she explained – immediately striking a similar tone to the many pageant contestants you’ve heard on TV. Only this time, there was no crown at stake. “I love nothing more than being a good example to kids and just doing good for others.”
Webb also stated that she’ll be even more careful with what she posts for her followers to see. But, she won’t have to worry about LeBron James coming across her tweets in his timeline though. To the curiosity of many, the NBA star followed and then unfollowed the QB’s girlfriend.
“I have no idea, and I have no idea how to answer that question,” Webb said before laughing. “My roommate in California, Miss California USA; I guess Kobe Bryant ended up seeing that LeBron followed me so (Kobe) decided to follow her. I don’t know! I don’t know what’s going on with that.”
The model ended up pulling an all-nighter on Monday, celebrating ‘Bama’s win in the team’s hotel lobby with McCarron’s family and friends before embarking on a rather ambitious round of media interviews. She also received love on Twitter from a few non-sports celebrities, including Donald Trump. The real estate mogul announced that Webb will be a judge for next year’s Miss USA pageant, while perhaps inadvertently confirming that the competition will once again be held in Las Vegas.
Considering this story won’t really resonate with most of my loyal readers, I’ll attempt to keep it brief. However, the following exchange affected me so profoundly that I’d be remiss not to share.
Last Saturday, I traveled to the swamps of Secaucus, NJ for “Yanks For The Memories.” The event featured mostly former and a few current Yankees baseball players, and for nominal fees, you could meet the stars and obtain autographs and inscriptions on pre-purchased items. I went essentially to meet Jackson, who I look up to as a professional, although I also paid to meet Bucky Dent, Mel Stottlemyre, and David Wells.
I arrived at the event with about an hour left in the Jackson autograph session. My friends, including Cousin Tony, already met the Hall of Famer – and warned me about his terrible demeanor, especially compared with the other Yankees players. Nonetheless, I was unfazed, as I’m used to dealing with these types of people on a daily basis.
Fast forward to meeting Jackson. I wanted him to sign “The Straw That Stirs The Drink” underneath his famous cursive autograph. The quote was allegedly misattributed to him by a reporter in the late 70′s – although two sources lay the statement to Jackson at one point or another. The phrase, no pun intended, stirred up a controversy amongst the team, which though of it as overzealous.
“I don’t want to be associated with that stuff,” the Hall of Famer told me. “A lot of people come up to me and say that they loved The Bronx Is Burning. But I was embaressed by it.”
I offered up the original requests for two reasons: “The Straw That Stirs The Drink” is a quote I live my career by. Who doesn’t want to be “the man”… “the go-to-guy”… “Mr. Clutch”?
Second, I wanted my autograph to be different, unique – something that carried more than just a monetary value.