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.