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Joe Peyton II

Wide Receiver

Fort Lewis Rangers / Seattle Rangers

(1961, 1967-1969)

When Lafa Lane signed Joe Peyton to the Rangers after a stellar career at the University of Puget Sound, Joe wasn't an unknown commodity to the semi-pro world in the Northwest.

Joe was a kid in the military when he got his first taste of semi pro football as a 6'1" wide receiver for the Fort Lewis Rangers in 1961 helping lead the soldiers to victories over the Seattle Cavaliers and Tacoma A's and tight loses to the legendary Seattle Ramblers.  Following his stint in the military he enrolled at UPS where he earned 11 varsity letters in football, basketball and track.  An injury kept him from a 12th letter.  He was All-Evergreen in all three sports and the Pacific Coast High Jump champion and is considered the best pass receiver in Logger history.

As a Seattle Ranger, Joe set team highs with 56 catches, 664 yards and 5 TD's as a 31-year old rookie.  He set a record of 14 receptions in one game and was rewarded by the Continental Football League with a Western Conference All-Star selection as well as being voted a CFL All-Pro, a title he would carry for two more years as the 6'2" 200 lb receiver earned All-Pro in '67, '68 and '69.

In July of 1968, Joe was hired to coach Track & Field at UPS where he spent 29-years.  His work earned him election into the NAIA National Hall of Fame in 1996, the UPS Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Tacoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.  His UPS Hall of Fame induction was 23 years after he had already been inducted as a player and now found himself at the podium as a coaching legend.

The Joe Peyton Invitational Track & Field meet takes place annually and Peyton Field was constructed for football, soccer and women's lacrosse and dedicated to Peyton on April 29, 2003.

Joe was diagnosed with brain cancer and passed away July 2, 2003


Aerial View of Peyton Field, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington