Call it Hard Knocks, of a different sort.
Former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron's dive into marital bliss with girlfriend and model Katherine Webb will be made into a reality television show. The wedding, set for July 11, will come just before McCarron's rookie season with whichever NFL club selects him next month in the NFL draft.
"They've already started filming during the proposal," said Katherine's sister, Laurie Webb, according to theplainsman.com. "From what I understood, it came from someone else. I don't think they were trying to get into a reality show, I think they just had the opportunity and decided to take it."
According to Laurie Webb, the show will focus on the wedding planning, leading up to the wedding ceremony itself being televised. While a group of producers is currently working on the show, no network has been chosen to air the program yet. But while the report suggests McCarron and Webb will be participating in the show together, McCarron suggested otherwise on Twitter Wednesday:
I think it's funny how people think I am doing a tv show. I play football that's it! What my future wife does is her business #worryaboutyouâ AJ McCarron (@10AJMcCarron) April 9, 2014
Based on that, it sounds as though the show may be based far more on Webb's wedding planning than whatever McCarron's role might be. According to NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks, McCarron's draft status wouldn't be adversely affected even if he were to appear in the reality series.
"AJ McCarron's participation in a reality show will be discussed in meetings, but it shouldn't have any impact on his draft status," Brooks said. "He has been a solid character guy throughout his time at Alabama, so most scouts won't view this as a major deal. Plus, everyone understands his fiancee is an aspiring model/actress and this is part of the deal. Of course, McCarron will need to address all of the particulars of his new show with prospective teams, but I can't imagine it significantly impacting his draft stock in any way."
McCarron, considered one of the top quarterback prospects available in the draft, won two national championships in three seasons as a starter with the Crimson Tide. He has been projected primarily as a second-day draft choice (Rounds 2 and 3), and was impressive both at the NFL Scouting Combine in February and last month at Alabama's pro-day workout.
He became engaged to Webb on March 29.
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