May 30, 2012 10:03 PM by Jordan Mason
It was a very special day Wednesday for former Air Force football player Ben Garland. Garland, who's now competing to make the Denver Broncos, was sworn-into the Colorado Air National Guard, after football practice, of course.
Broncos Coach John Fox and Garland's former Falcons Coach Troy Calhoun were part of the ceremony. The 24-year old is now a First Lieutenant as a public affairs officer.
He can still pursue his NFL dream, but Garland will still need to dedicate one weekend a month, plus another full two weeks of the year to the Air National Guard.
"It's always been my dream to be able to come out here and do this, so this is really me being able to do both dreams," said Garland. "I love being out here and being able to practice. We practiced today and I got to put on the best uniform in the world, and put on this Air Force uniform."
"I think the ultimate commitment and sacrifice is in the U.S. military and obviously the Air Force being one of those branches," said Fox. "I'm not sure you get a better trained guy than a guy like Ben Garland."
"This guy is a winner," said Calhoun. "He's as leader as a leader gets. It's a proud moment. There have been many and there will be many more for Ben Garland and all those that are fortunate to associated with Ben Garland."
Garland signed with the broncos in 2010 as an undrafted free agent, then had to spend two years fulfilling his Air Force military commitment.