Senior Jaylen McKinney, a Henry Ford defensive and offensive lineman, is a team leader. 

McKinney followed in his father’s footsteps by attending Henry Ford and by playing football like his father.

Before attending Ford in the ninth grade, McKinney never played football.

“I still remember the day when Coach Fenton approached me to ask if I wanted to play football. It was one of the best decisions I made to this day,” said McKinney. He has played for Ford since his ninth grade year and continues to excel as a lineman.

According to Henry Ford head football coach Ken Fenton: “McKinney has a hard work ethic and is able to stay focus.” 

Presently, McKinney has multiple college offers, but he has yet to commit to a school.

One of McKinney's goal is to make it to the NFL. He said believes as long as he stays on task and continues to work hard, his goal will come to past. Although he is unsure what university he’ll call home, he plans to major in sports business management.