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15 days to Gator football! #15 Wayne Peace and Tim Tebow

Discussion in 'Gator Football' started by Escambia94, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    15 days to Florida Gator football! You know what that means–it’s time for everyone’s favorite #15, Wayne Peace! I know. Everyone expected a different #15 to be highlighted, but I wanted to take this time to remind Gator fans of the Gator Greats in the days before Tebow.

    #15 Wayne Lamar Peace of Lakeland, Florida played quarterback for Charley Pell’s Gators from 1980 to 1983. At one time, Wayne owned the NCAA record for single-season completion percentage with 70.7% (broken a year later by Steve Young of Brigham Young). He was not known as a downfield passer, but he knew how to work with the talent around him by stretching the field horizontally with high percentage passes. His most memorable pass, a game winner over Miami on September 4, 1982, was nicknamed “the Catch” (not to be confused with Joe Montana to Dwight Clark “the Catch” on January 10, 1982) by Gator fans due to the implications of beating such a powerful Miami team. It was probably called “the Catch”, because it certainly was too ugly to be known as “the Throw”–a fluttering duck that running back James Jones somehow snagged with one hand in the back of the Florida Field end zone to seal the 17-14 victory. He was an Honorable Mention All-American and second-team All-SEC in 1983. Wayne still ranks 2nd in UF history with a career passing percentage of 61.6 for 7,206 yards.

    Wayne signed with Steve Spurrier’s Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League, where he shared quarterback duties with fellow Gator, John Reaves. When the USFL folded he was drafted by the Cincinatti Bengals in the first round of the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft. Wayne briefly signed with the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers before retiring from football in 1986. Wayne returned to the University of Florida and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1986. Wayne was ranked as the #81 greatest Gator of the first 100 years of Florida football, and was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Association Hall of Fame as a Gator Great.

    15 Timothy Richard “The Chosen One” Tebow was born in Makiti City, Philippines, and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. Tim came to Hogtown as Florida’s Mister Football, Florida’s high school Player of the Year, and Parade All-American. Tebow played quarterback for Urban Meyer’s Gators from 2006 to 2009, where he was 2X BCS National Champion, 2X SEC Champion, 2X SEC Player of the Year, Manning Award winner (2008), 2X Maxwell Award winner, Heisman Trophy winner (2007), Davey O’Brien Award winner (2007), AP Player of the Year (2007), 2X First Team All-American (2007, 2008), and 3X All-SEC (2007-2009). Tebow set numerous records at Florida, including single game rushing yards by a quarterback, SEC season rushing touchdowns, career high single game rushing touchdowns, and SEC season touchdowns total. At the end of his college career, he owned 5 NCAA records, 14 SEC records, and 28 University of Florida records.

    Timmy was a first-round pick by the Denver Broncos in the 2010 NFL Draft, and he immediately set a record for jersey sales. He had an interesting career with the Denver Broncos, to say the least. Some of his games were the most nerve-racking ones to watch as fans, but he certainly delivered in terms of Nielsen ratings. He signed with the New York Jets, New England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles before leaving the NFL to play baseball. He finished his NFL career with 2,422 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, 989 rushing yards, and 12 rushing touchdowns. Tim holds six Denver Broncos franchise records, including: passer rating in a playoff game (125.6 in 2012 vs Pittsburgh), sacks taken in a game, yards per pass in a playoff season (9.62 in 2011), yards per pass in a playoff game (15.05 in 2012), and 300+ yard passing games in a rookie season. Tim finished his NFL career with 16 starts in 35, 173 pass completions in 361 attempts (47.9%), 2,422 yards passing, 17 passing touchdowns, 9 interceptions, 75.3 passer rating, 989 yards in 197 attempts (5.0 yards per attempt), and 12 rushing touchdowns.

    Tim began working as a broadcaster for ESPN/ SEC Network in 2013, and has appeared on other television shows since then. Tebow started his baseball career in 2016, where he has worked his way up from the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League to the Columbia Fireflies (A), St. Lucie Mets (A-Adv), Binghamton Rumble Ponies (AA), and Syracuse Mets (AAA) of Minor League Baseball. Tim has also released a film, "Run the Race" and a book, "Through My Eyes".

    Last edited: Aug 9, 2019

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