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.