Jaguars guard Zane Beadles donates $750K to alma mater Utah

Guard Zane Beadles left the Broncos for a $13 million deal with Jacksonville.

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Jacksonville Jaguars guard Zane Beadles, who signed a five-year, $30 million free-agent contract in March, is giving back to his alma mater.

Beadles pledged $750,000 to Utah’s football program Monday, the largest gift given to the school by a former player.

Of his commitment, $500,000 will go to the sports medicine center and $250,000 to a scholarship endowment in his name.

"It’s something I knew I wanted to do since I got into the league," Beadles said, "if I ever got to the position where I was able to do something like that. I’m in that position now.”

A second-round draft pick by Denver in 2010, Beadles got $13 million guaranteed to leave the AFC champion Broncos for Jacksonville.