By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Former Boise State offensive lineman Daryn Colledge and his wife, Megan, have donated $150,000 to Boise State for upgrades to the athletics weight room, the school announced Friday.
Colledge just completed his first year with the Arizona Cardinals, where he is the starting left guard. He previously played five seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
Colledge started all 52 games during his four-year career at Boise State, from 2002 to 2005.
"We are extremely grateful for all that BSU and the city of Boise have done for us,” Colledge said in a statement. “We are excited for this opportunity to give back to our university, and we hope that with this gift and others like it, BSU will be able to continue to give so much to Boise. We are grateful we can contribute to those who have supported us for so long."
The gift will be used to replace and upgrade equipment in the weight room, which was built in 1988 and expanded in 2004. It will remain the athletic department’s primary weight room even after the new football complex is built. The new complex includes a weight room that will be used by the football team.
Other statements in the press release included:
From strength coach Tim Socha: “This gift from Daryn and Megan will allow us to make improvements to our current strength and conditioning facility that will help all of our student-athletes for years to come. The Colledges are very special people and have a great love for Boise State and the city of Boise. It means so much to us that they have decided to give back to the school that they have so much pride in.”
From football coach Chris Petersen: “It’s always great when former athletes remain involved in our program. Daryn and Megan’s generosity towards supporting our current student athletes is greatly appreciated and allows us to continue our rich tradition of success. Their willingness to give back is proof that they valued their time here at Boise State”.
The Boise State football team is showing its support for the women’s teams by participating in challenges once a month at women’s events.
The first is Saturday at the Broncos’ swimming and diving meet against Oregon State. The meet begins at 11:30 a.m. at the West YMCA.
The football event is called Big Splash. The competition is offense vs. defense with a 1-meter diving event and 4x25-yard relay.
The offense members are Gabe Linehan, Geraldo Boldewijn, Bronson Durrant, Michael Ames and Spencer Gerke. The defense team includes Darren Koontz, Hazen Moss, Lee Hightower, J.C. Percy and Hilton Richardson (not sure if he’s moved to defense or is just helping out).
The M.C. is Faraji Wright.
The football players will compete at a women’s basketball game in February, a gymnastics meet in March and a softball game in April. Linehan and Moss are the team captains.