“IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE IT.”
WAYNE LYONS – CORNERBACK – STANFORD
AT A GLANCE
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 193
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Fl
High School: Dillard
OFF THE FIELD
For Wayne Lyons, it’s about more than the tackles – it’s about the smiles. Lyons has always been studious; his academic drive was a product of wanting to help his community. At Stanford University, he was named Academic All Pac-12 by maintaining a 3.42 grade-point average. This diligent work-ethic of Lyons’ was developed in high school. Started as an initiative at Dillard High, Lyons pioneered the Lyons Virtual Book Club. His club was designed to encourage his community to better themselves by reading more. Between running for class president (and winning,) keeping his grades up (to become valedictorian,) and playing football to a high degree of excellence (he was rated the 6th-best safety in America,) Lyons made time to read. Wayne Lyons recognized the importance of actively developing his reading skills. However, he was more interested in the ability of sharing experiences, interests, and of course, smiles, through reading. Though most of his friends, like him, had little expendable time for other activities such as reading, Lyons believed 20 minutes a day was doable. And he was right. By gently pushing his peers and teammates to read and share what they read, Lyons promoted a relationship throughout his community which benefitted young children academically. Lyons’ Virtual Book Club then began to organize events to further encourage children to read. As part of a buddy mentoring program, Lyons organized “P.A.R.T.Y – Pick up Anything and Read To Yourself.” The goal was to have children read one non-academic book each month. The children were to read their book for at least 30 minutes each day, post what they read, post how much they read, and post what stood out to them on the Facebook page Lyons set up. He also recommended a theme book of the year: Just Too Good to Be True by E. Lynn Harris. Lyons encouraged students further by creating levels they could reach. By completing a theme book, children could become a member of Lyons’ “Ballers Club” – now who wouldn’t want that?
ON THE FIELD
Wayne Lyons has shown his drive on the field by fighting through his share of pain. His freshman year at Stanford, Lyons only played two games before breaking his foot and sitting out the rest of the season. Still, Head Coach David Shaw predicted to Sports Illustrated that Lyons would “eventually contend for the Thorpe Award,” which is awarded to the top defensive back in college football. In 2012, Lyons returned to the lineup, playing in every game for the Cardinals. After that performance, Lyons’ leadership skills began translating over to the football field. In 2013, Lyons played all 14 games at cornerback. He ranked fifth on the team with 69 overall tackles, 41 solo. He has been named Phil Steele preseason All-Pac 12 third team.