Zane Beadles received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah where he played for the Utah Utes as a starting offensive lineman during all four years of his undergraduate career. In 2010, the Denver Broncos selected Zane in the second round of the NFL Draft. As a rookie, Zane started 14 games and was named to the NFL All Rookie Team. After four years with the Broncos, including an AFC championship, Zane signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in March 2014.
While playing for the University of Utah, Zane met Ryker, a 7-year-old boy with glioblastoma multiforme cancer, a common type of brain tumor. The team adopted Ryker as a member of the Utah Utes family and invited him onto the field and into the locker room during the football season. On February 24, 2007, Ryker lost his battle with cancer.
Zane’s family history with cancer and his fondness for Ryker inspired him to take action. Zane discovered Brent’s Place soon after moving to Denver and pledged to help the families staying there. During the past four years, Zane has raised more than $70,000 for the families at Brent’s Place.
That was not enough for Zane. In 2013, his passion for helping kids in need and gifting them with new experiences inspired Zane to establish the Zane Beadles Parade Foundation. With his move to Jacksonville, Zane plans to expand his foundation’s services to help not only kids in the Denver area, but kids in the Jacksonville area as well.
Zane had a successful career with the Denver Broncos. Some highlights include:
- Zane started in all 16 regular-season games in each of his four professional seasons with the Broncos. He ranks third among offensive linemen who entered the NFL in 2010 with 46 career starts.
- He is the only player, offensive or defensive, to participate in 100 percent of Denver’s regular-season snaps (1,143) in 2012.
- Zane was tied for fifth among 16 game starting guards with only one sack allowed during the 2012 season.
- He opened all 16 games during the regular season and started both playoff contests for the Broncos in 2011, helping the league’s top rushing offense (164.5 ypg.) set the franchise single-season rushing record.
- The 2010 Sporting News’ All-Rookie Team appointed Zane after opening eight contests at left guard and six contests at right tackle, becoming the first NFL rookie since Andre Gurode (Dal. 2002) to start at least six games at two of the three positions along the offensive line (C, G, T).
- He was selected as a member of the 2013 AFC Pro Bowl Team.
- In 2012, Zane was selected to represent the Denver Broncos for the NFL wide Walter Payton Man of the Year award. He was nominated for his outstanding community service and support.