Wayne Peace

Student-Athlete
Inducted 2015

Lakeland High School has been known to produce many great football players over time, but Wayne Peace was one of the school's first superstars.

As a senior quarterback in 1979, Peace was named First Team All-County, All-District and All-State as the Dreadnaughts made it to the state semifinals for the first time. He also earned three letters as a member of the school's basketball team. After Peace's senior football campaign he earned Parade All-America honors and accepted a scholarship to play at the University of Florida.

While with the Gators, Peace was thrust into the starting lineup five games into his freshman year and led the team for the next three and a half seasons. The 1983 season culminated with UF's first-ever Top-10 ranking. He still stands second all-time in Gator history for completion percentage, and his 70.7% clip in 1982 was an NCAA record until it was bested the following season by eventual NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young.

After one season in the USFL and several tryouts with NFL clubs, Peace returned to Polk County to open an insurance agency.  In 2006 he was named quarterbacks coach for Lakeland Christian School, and in 2011 assumed head coaching duties for the Vikings. In 2014 LCS advanced to the state semifinals in its first postseason appearance ever.

Peace has also been inducted into the Lakeland High School, Polk County Sports (2005) and University of Florida (2000) Sports Halls of Fame.

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