GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In the end, the life of Scott Peek Sr. had stretched way beyond being defined by his time as a two-sport athlete at the University of Florida.
Peek grew up in Jacksonville, the youngest of seven kids born to “poor sharecroppers who grew watermelons, oranges and grapefruit, and raised chickens, ducks and geese” according to an obituary published this week. Following graduation from Landon High School, where he excelled in football, basketball and track, Peek accepted a track scholarship to UF.
However, his time at UF was interrupted for a two-year tour in the Army. In the fall of 1946 as the Gators prepared for their first game under head coach Raymond Wolf – a matchup against Ole Miss at Jacksonville’s Municipal Stadium – Wolf informed reporters that Peek had been called into the service.
Scott Peek Sr. during his track career at UF. (Newspapers.com)
Peek eventually made his way back to Florida and earned a degree in physical education, health and recreation in 1952. He resumed his athletic career as well, making his mark more on the track, where he was one of the country’s top performers in the 100- and 220-yard dashes.
Soon after college, Peek began a