Jun 5, 2010 11:17 PM by Jordan Mason

Flying or football? Air Force grad weighs choices

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - To launch his career as a pass rusher, Air Force graduate Ben Garland may have to ground his pursuit of becoming a pilot.

It's a decision that weighs on the Denver Broncos rookie defensive lineman.

Garland has earned a spot into a pilot training program at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas. It's a chance to fly jets for a living as he serves his five-year commitment to the Air Force.

However, Garland's prowess as a pass rusher with the Air Force Falcons earned him a spot with the Broncos this spring. Nothing's guaranteed, he's just been given a shot to join the team.

By accepting his pilot's slot, he could derail his football career, since his five years could turn into the decade required for fliers.

The 22-year-old says whatever he decides, it's "a golden ticket."

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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