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Denver Broncos guard Zane Beadles speaks during a news conference at the Denver Broncos NFL football training facility in Englewood, Colo., on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. The Broncos are scheduled to play the New England Patriots for the AFC Championship on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
Utah football: Zane Beadles donates $750,000 to Ute program
College football » Donation is largest ever from a Utah football player.
First Published Jul 28 2014 11:40 am • Last Updated Jul 28 2014 11:25 pm

As a Utah lineman, Zane Beadles left behind a collection of memorable seasons, bowl trophies and individual accolades.

As a five-year veteran of the NFL, Beadles has given the Utes the largest-ever donation from a former football player that he hopes will have just as lasting an impact.

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The U. announced Monday morning that Beadles, a guard with the Jacksonville Jaguars, is donating $750,000 to a sports medicine center, as well as an offensive lineman schoolarship. Both the center and the scholarship will be in his name.

"This is something I’ve known I wanted to do ever since I left school," said Beadles in a school news release. "The University of Utah was such a great place for me. I don’t think I’d be where I am today without the University of Utah. I am excited to pledge this money to the U. and give back to the place that helped shape me into the man I am today.

Beadles cashed in this March with a free agent contract, a reported 5-year, $30 million deal after starting for Denver for four years and making the 2012 Pro Bowl.

The four-year starter at Utah was a part of 40 wins over the course of his career, including the 2008 undefeated season. He was a three-time all-conference selection on the offensive line.

In recent years, the Utes have benefited tremendously from the generosity of former players: Alex Smith, Jordan Gross, Steve Smith and Paul Soliai have donated a combined $1,650,000 to the football program. Beadles’ gift is the largest yet from a football alum.

"Zane was an outstanding student-athlete and community member during his time here and is another in a long line of former players to give back to our university," Kyle Whittingham said in the release. "He is a great source of pride to all of us at Utah and we are appreciative of his loyalty and generosity."

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