Pizza Hut is the Official Pizza Sponsor of ESPN College GameDay. To celebrate former Miss Alabama and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Katherine Webb-McCarron gave away 10,000 large one-topping pizzas at the first GameDay of the college football season. I caught up with Katherine via phone to discuss the promotion, her experience as a SI Swimsuit model and her husband's tattoo collection.
SwimDaily: It's been a couple years since you appeared in the SI Swimsuit Issue. How would you describe the experience?
Katherine Webb-McCarron: It was such a whirlwind for me at that point in my life that when I got the call to do Sports Illustrated -- I look back at it now and I wasn’t nearly excited as I should’ve been. I wasn’t in a place mentally or emotionally to take it in because everything was happening so fast. So I look at it now and think I should've soaked it in a little more at the shoot. I would’ve done everything I can to get the best shot. I probably would’ve prepared more physically for it. If I could do it again, I’d really take the time to have fun with everybody and soak it all in. And I’d absolutely love it again if they called me to shoot.
SD: Do you still get grief over half Auburn/half Alabama jersey?
KWM: Not as much anymore. Thankfully. We’re out of college football and that was a thing of the past. But occasionally often I’ll get called a “Barner,” which is what they call Auburn fans. But definitely not as much as I used to.
SD: How do you feel about Alabama winning a national championship this year?
KWM: I don’t know. It’s gonna be a tough one. I watched the game on TV and thought they did really well. They have a few kinks to get out but looked good. Ohio State looked really good. Obviously OSU won the national title last year and are going to be in the running again. But I feel like those two are ones to look for. Even Auburn has a pretty good chance. Especially in the SEC.
SD: What’s your perfect way to spend a Saturday?
KWM: If I have the opportunity to go to a game, that’s my first choice. But we live in Cincinnati and the closest we have is the University of Kentucky and Ohio State. Neither of those are my or AJ’s alma mater so we usually just stick to watching football on TV. However I’m usually alone on Saturdays or with my friends because AJ is at the stadium or traveling for a game. So I’ve become close to some of the girls here and we just watch football.
SD: Your husband has a lot of tattoos. Are you a fan?
KWM: When we first started dating I thought it was kind of cool that he had a little extra something to him. Usually when you look at a guy with tattoos you think he’s kind of edge. That’s what I thought at least when we first started dating -- like he was some type of badass. But that’s not the case at all. It would not be in his personality to get a tattoo at all. But it’s the way he expresses himself. He hasn’t gotten one in a couple years. But I don’t mind them. When you love someone, you look past their -- well I wouldn’t say it’s a flaw -- but you look past things others don’t like. I like them. I think they add to his personality.
SD: Does he have a Katherine tattoo somewhere?
KWM: No he does not. But if he chooses to get my name one day, I’m all for it. I don’t have any tattoos but if we decided to get each other’s name, I’m all for it.
SD: There's a new show called WAGS on the E! Network. Would you ever want to be on a show like that?
KWM: Honestly. My life would be so boring compared to theirs. There’s no way our lives would be good for television. I find it interesting to see how other athlete couples live and how they choose to spend their money and what they do at home. It’s an interesting dynamic to watch because it’s the complete opposite of how AJ and I live. But I don’t think I’d ever be able to do that show. The ratings would drop.
SD: How did you get involved in the Pizza Hut promotion?
KWM: I love pizza. I love Pizza Hut so I was psyched when they contacted me with an opportunity when Alabama was hosting College Gameday. So the whole premise of the appearance was for me to stand in the crowd and hold up a sign like all the other fans. The signs had a code that unlocked 10,000 free pizzas. And so anyone who was watching College Gameday most likely saw me in the crowd holding up a sign. It was really cool and 10,000 people got free pizzas and it was a lot of fun.
SD: What's your favorite type of pizza?
KWM: We eat pizza a lot and the go to is usually the thin crust with bacon, pepperoni, beef and jalapeño. I could go a little healthier but I choose not to.
BONUS: See some of Katherine's best moments from her SI Swimsuit shoot!