In the 2012 offseason, the Denver Broncos gained some depth from an unlikely source -- the U.S. military.
DT Ben Garland, who played collegiately with the Air Force Falcons, landed on the Broncos' roster in 2010, when he played four spring training games with the team, collecting 7 tackles. Garland then began his two years of service in the U.S. Air Force before returning for the 2012 season.
According to Garland, he looks forward to possibly presenting a positive image of the Air Force:
"I think what a great opportunity as an Air Force Lieutenant – if I was able to play and make the team, every time I make a tackle they are going to say Ben Garland from the Air Force," Garland said. "That public affairs exposure for the Air Force is going to give them more exposure than any bus sign or billboard. I think it’s really win-win for both."
The team's coaches have not guaranteed Garland a roster spot, so he will have to fight this preseason to impress the team one more time.