As a quarterback, he guided Oklahoma to consecutive Orange Bowl victories. After playing professionally in Canada, he returned to his home state and ran for office, representing Oklahoma's 4th district in the U.S. House of Representatives for eight years.
He started a lucrative lobbying and consulting firm in 2004 and counts the Bowl Championship Series among his clients.
Watts has encouraged the BCS to engage Congress in the debate over college football's quirky system for determining a national champion, which included last week's hearing before a House subcommittee.
"When they get called into hearings, it is in some sense pretty good, because then you get to explain and take the time to walk people through what is actually there, which is what we do in a member's office, or catching them at dinner, or when you corner them at the airport," he said.
According to Politico, the BCS has paid Watts $620,000 over the past five years.
"My responsibilities are just to try to help the BCS navigate through this," he said.
Watts said it "seems strange" that Congress would even bother with something like the BCS.
"They have phenomenal issues they have to deal with. Health care, wars, financial crisis, and even if you take this financial crisis out of the mix, they still have tremendous responsibilities."