Get to know Foley High School Alumnus, Bradley Blackmon!
Did you participate in any extracurricular activities? Were you any good?!
I played football and was a three year letterman. I started my junior and senior year. I was a left guard and punter my senior year. I also played baseball my freshman and senior year. I played college football at Bethel University in Tennessee my freshman year.
Did you go to college, business, or technical school after graduation?
I attended Bethel University, Faulkner State and the University of South Alabama. I graduated from South Alabama in 2008 with a degree in Secondary Education and History.
What sort of jobs have you done since graduation? Do you have a favorite?
I have just about done it all. I’ve cleaned carpet, sold shoes, landscaping, sold cars, sold appliances, and installed appliances. My favorite is my current job, teaching at Elberta Middle School.
If you hadn’t become a _____, what might you have done?
If I hadn’t become a teacher….I’d be living in a van down by the river.
What life lessons has adversity taught you?
Keep your head up, find the silver lining and never give up. One thing I learned from playing for Coach Jiimmy Nazary was to never give up. It carries over in life. Some days you wake up down 21-0. You have to do whatever it takes to get out of the hole you’re in. While you dig out of the hole, you may as well have a smile on your face.
What are one or two things you really miss about high school?
I miss a lot of my friends and teachers. There aren’t many teachers left that were there during my time. I also miss the togetherness of our senior class. We got along so great. I mean it when I say everyone got along; we hung out and treated each other with class and respect.
Who was the person who most influenced you and how?
That’s a tough question. Someone actually tried to talk me out of teaching and coaching, I’m not going to mention names, but it actually made me want to do it more. Another person that influenced me was Monica Taylor. She loved teaching and as a student it was obvious. She made me want to become a teacher.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I’d love to take a month or two in Europe.
What is one thing you would encourage high school students to do before they graduate?
Learn how to manage a checkbook.
The best advice you would give a 20-year-old would be?
Meet as many new people as you possibly can. Networking with people is a great way to be successful.
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Thanks for letting us get to know you, Bradley Blackmon, and best wishes from the Foley Lion’s Roar.