Air Force’s Garland returns to Broncos
Defensive tackle Ben Garland has rejoined the Denver Broncos for
offseason workouts after getting an early release from his
commitment to the U.S. Air Force.
Garland was a training camp phenom two years ago, impressing the
coaches with his work ethic and regularly outracing even
quarterback Tim Tebow in post-practice wind sprints. He was placed
on the reserve/military list after training camp in 2010 and began
serving his five-year military commitment.
He was serving at the Air Mobility Command, headquartered at
Scott Air Force Base in Illinois east of St. Louis.
Garland told The Associated Press he was allowed to return to
the NFL through a program that allows servicemen to cut short their
commitment after two years for a career that would benefit the Air
Force in recruiting or public affairs.
”I have saved my leave for two years so I could attend the
offseason workouts,” Garland said. ”I am humbled to have this
opportunity and love being back in Colorado.”
Garland totaled 115 tackles, 11 1/2 sacks and three forced
fumbles in 39 games at the Air Force Academy.