HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - When Alabama A&M hired James Spady as its new head coach, it wasn't the only football program getting a member of the Spady family. His son Jalen Spady enrolled at Huntsville High, and according to head coach Clint Woodfin, quickly became one of the Panther's best offensive lineman. "Hes got a great football IQ. If we need 3 yards we`re gonna run behind him, sports and football are in his blood."
Standing at over six feet tall and weighing 312 pounds, Jalen has ideal size, but he's also a smart player. Learning the game helps when your dad is a college football coach. Coach Spady is always trying to help his son improve his game with advice on footwork and hand placement, and Jalen is always eager to learn, no matter what his dad thinks. "He says that I don`t take his advice, but truth be told, I take it all the time he just doesn't see it I guess," Jalen told WHNT News 19's Taylor Tannebaum. "He's been big figure for me to learn from and grow from. I`m just pretty thankful."
Jalen grew up around the game because of his dad's job, but football was never forced on him. He enjoyed spending time at practices and in locker rooms, and that helped grow his love for the game. "I used to go to all of the practices I could get to. It was pretty fun getting to be around those guys, growing up with it and seeing how it all works out. I think because I was around it so much I started liking it more and more and then I really wanted to play."