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Katherine Webb's SI Swimsuit Issue Appearance Is Latest Step Toward Superstardom

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 02:  Katherine Webb attends the 2nd Annual NFL Honors at Mahalia Jackson Theater on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2013

Katherine Webb is on the fast track to stardom. A relative unknown before being pointed out by Brent Musburger during the BCS National Championship Game, Webb's appearance in the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue shows her meteoric rise.

.@_katherinewebb is Hot Clicks LLOD! (via @si_extramustard)…

— SI Swimsuit (@SI_Swimsuit) February 11, 2013

Although Webb already had some accomplishments under her belt before the national title game, including being named Miss Alabama USA in 2012, it wasn't until the Musburger comments that she became a household name.

Now, those type of moments don't always translate to long-term success. Many times it's the typical 15 minutes of fame, but that hasn't been the case for Webb. She's been in the spotlight ever since, and it seems like the model will stay there.

She was at the game cheering on boyfriend and Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron. Little did she know that hanging out in the stands would be what made her career take off.

Eric Schmoldt of passed along comments from Webb, who thanked the veteran broadcaster for the boost he provided to her mainstream popularity.

Thank you for everything you’ve done and for helping my career and helping me make a new life for myself. I was in Los Angeles and I was already modeling before, so all of this stuff that I’m doing is no strange thing to me. I was actually having a hard time in Los Angeles booking jobs. … After all this happened, people started calling.

Nobody knows if Webb would have eventually got her big break anyway. At the very least, Musburger accelerated the process and her placement in the SI swimsuit issue is the best example of that—and it's just the beginning.

As cover model Kate Upton has shown by earning two straight swimsuit issue covers, making a wide-scale impact is the first—and probably biggest—step to becoming a mega star. Webb is well on her way to reaching a similar status.

She should definitely be considered a contender for next year's swimsuit edition cover. Of course, it goes beyond SI. Her new-found fame also leads to many other opportunities.

It's amazing that it all tracks back to the national title game, but give her credit for capitalizing on the chance to jump-start her career. It's safe to say 2013 is already a memorable year for Webb.

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