Beadles announced Monday that he'll donate $750,000 to Utah's football program, the largest gift ever given to the school by a former player. Of that sum, $500,000 will go to the Zane Beadles' Sports Medicine Center and $250,000 to the Zane Beadles' Offensive Line Scholarship.
- Zane Beadles (@zanebeadles) July 28, 2014
"This is something I've known I wanted to do ever since I left school," Beadles said in a statement. "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."
Denver selected Beadles in the second round of the 2010 draft after he started four seasons for the Utes, including the 2009 season when he was named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.
"We are very thankful to Zane for his generous donation," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "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. He is a great source of pride to all of us at Utah and we are appreciative of his loyalty and generosity."