Posted: Apr 27, 2010 7:24 PM
Updated: Apr 27, 2010 7:24 PM
It has been a whirlwind last couple days for Air Force senior football player Ben Garland. Garland, who graduates from the Academy in a couple weeks, just signed with the Denver Broncos.
Garland was not selected in this past weekend's NFL Draft, but he is now one of 19 free agent college players signed by the Broncos after the draft.
The defensive end will get right to work at Broncos Mini-camp, which begins this Friday.
He says he wants to serve his two-year commitment in the Air Force first, but playing for his favorite team, on even just the practice squad, would be incredible.
"It really is a dream come true, to just go there," said Garland. "Ever since I was little, they were my team. I always followed them. That was my only team. It is going to be a little surreal, going into the locker room, putting on a jersey, and stepping on the field.
"If I could play in the games, that would be amazing. If I could make the squad and also serve and contribute to the Air Force, that would be the ultimate. But if the only thing I can do is contribute to the Air Force and play on the practice squad, that would be a dream come true."
Garland is from Grand Junction, CO. He was Second Team All-Mountain West Conference last season.
The last Air Force player to sign with the broncos was linebacker Steve Russ in 1997.