MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron won a second BCS National Championship on Monday, but it was his girlfriend who won the Internet.
Katherine Webb, who has been dating the Alabama quarterback for about a month, started trending on Twitter early in Alabama’s win over Notre Dame. Plenty of air time during the broadcast and an awkward exchange between the ESPN announcers served as a Twitter boost for the former Miss Alabama USA.
Katherine Webb, girlfriend of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, celebrates after the BCS Championship game on Monday night when the Crimson Tide beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 42-14.
Webb, a 23-year-old Montgomery, Ala., native and Auburn alum, saw her followers increase from around 2,300 to more than 109,000 by early Tuesday morning.
But as her following grew – including for a brief time Miami Heat forward LeBron James – Webb was mostly oblivious. Her phone was dead.
“I did get to check it a little bit through a friend’s phone,” she told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s been crazy.”
Among the more bizarre turns of her moment-by-moment increase in popularity was Arizona Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett posting his number and inviting her to a strip club. He later deleted the tweet and said he meant to send Webb a direct message.
McCarron responded to some of the tweets on Tuesday morning. To Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, who said Webb needed to become a Bulldogs fan, McCarron wrote, “u don’t win enough bud!! #15″
To Dockett, McCarron wrote, “u better worry ab being in them playoffs, then going to king of diamonds homie.. #betterkeepdreaming like the rest of these dudes.”
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