New Broncos player pulls double-duty with National Guard

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DENVER -- A Broncos defensive tackle is tackling a new assignment.

Lt. Ben Garland was sworn into the Colorado Air National Guard Wednesday. The ceremony took place on the front steps of Denver Broncos headquarters at Dove Valley.

We first told you about Ben Garland in early May, when he finished his active duty commitment with the United States Air Force.

He graduated from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in 2010, where he was a standout defensive lineman for the Falcons football team.

He was good enough to join the NFL, and the Broncos signed him as a free agent.

But Garland had to serve at least two years before he could join the team, but the Broncos were willing to wait.

Garland reported for duty in early May, with the rest of the Broncos rookies.

Now, Lt. Garland has joined the Colorado Air National guard, where he will serve as a public affairs officer as he continues to try to make the Broncos roster.

“This was me being able to do both dreams,” Garland said. “I love being able to practice, we got to practice today and I got to get in the best uniform in the world and put on this Air Force uniform.”

Coach John Fox is proud of Garland’s accomplishments and his commitments.

“There's probably no better trained guy in team work in the world. We sell it in the NFL, but I think the ultimate in commitment and sacrifice is the U.S. military,” Fox said.

Both the Broncos and Lt. Garland know that if his unit deploys, Garland will have to leave.

“Chances are slim. I wouldn't want to spend any time away from the facility if I don't have to, but if they're called up, I'm ready to go,” said Garland.

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