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2010 Hall of Fame: Jim Whaley and Danny Spradlin

August 30, 2010

Jim Whaley played fullback and linebacker on Alcoa’s first state championship team in 1977. He played in the series between the two schools from 1974-1977, making numerous plays to determine outcomes of the games. He graduated in 1978 and was offered a football scholarship to play at Tennessee Tech. Congratulations, Jim!

Danny Spradlin was a starter against Alcoa all three of the years he was at Maryville, with the Rebels winning all three years. He was All-State and All-South his junior and senior years and was named Blount County Player of the Year as a junior and senior. He started for four years at the University of Tennessee and played six years inteh NFL for the Cowboys, Buccaneers, and Cardinals.

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