Today’s famous black guy: JC WATT!! He played football and was in Congress. And his birth name is JULIUS CAESAR WATT!!!!! Best. Name. Ever. Let’s learn more.
Watts was born and raised in Eufaula, Oklahoma, in a rural impoverished neighborhood. After being one of the first children to attend an integrated elementary school, he became a high school quarterback and gained a football scholarship to the University of Oklahoma. He graduated from college in 1981 with a degree in journalism and became a football player in the Canadian Football League until his retirement in 1986.
That’s badass. Well. Not the CFL part. Anyone can do that.
Watts became a Baptist minister and was elected in 1990 to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission as the first African-American in Oklahoma to win statewide office. He successfully ran for Congress in 1994 and was re-elected to three additional terms with increasing vote margins. Watts delivered the Republican response to Bill Clinton’s 1997 State of the Union address and was elected Chair of the House Republican Conference in 1998. He retired in 2003 and turned to lobbying and business work, also occasionally serving as a political commentator.
Another first! And he stuck it to Bill Clinton.
While in high school, Watts fathered a daughter with a white female, causing a scandal. Their families decided against an interracial marriage because of contemporary racial attitudes and Watts’ family provided for the child until she could be adopted by Watts’ uncle, Wade Watts, a Baptist minister, civil rights leader and head of the Oklahoma division of the NAACP.
Well, I didn’t see that one coming. Kinda awkward.
He graduated from high school in 1976 and attended the University of Oklahoma on a football scholarship.In 1977, Watts married Frankie Jones, an African-American woman with whom he had fathered a second daughter during high school.
He’s a fertile bastard. Maybe tomorrow won’t be about a black guy who keeps knocking up chicks while in high school …