J.C. Watts the last man to have quarterbacked an Ottawa CFL team in the Grey Cup Game

A couple of weeks ago, a woman he didn’t know approached the Des Moines trade-show booth where J.C. Watts was appearing on behalf of the Iowa Partnership to Fight Chronic Diseases.

“J.C.,” she said, “you and I have a connection. There’s a tie that binds us.”

Uh-oh.

Her husband, it turned out, had reminded the woman that Watts was a Republican in the United States Congress House of Representatives between 1994 and 2002, but that wasn’t why Watts’ name seemed familiar. Then, the woman explained that, although she had married an Iowa native and lived there for several years, she was originally from Canada’s capital.

“I remember when you were quarterback for the Ottawa Rough Riders, and that’s why I remembered your name,” she said.

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