|Nick LaSpada will play football again at Bates.|
Nick LaSpada of Billerica readies for Bates College
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“Jim would bring them Patriots souvenirs and autographs when he’d come back from fund-raisers at Gillette Stadium, and they’d give him haddock and lobsters right off the boat.’’
Whalen, who previously resided in Lynnfield where he coached Pop Warner football, wore No. 82 at Boston College and with the Patriots. His son, Chris Whalen, who lives in Manchester by-the-Sea, wore that same number while playing football at Assumption College.
Whalen starred in three sports at the former Cambridge High and Latin School.
Globe correspondent Marvin Pave contributed to this report. Jason Mastrodonato can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.