Garland with the Denver Broncos
|No. 63 - Atlanta Falcons|
April 6, 1988|
Grand Junction, Colorado
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||308 lb (140 kg)|
|High school:||Grand Junction (CO) Central|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2017|
|Player stats at PFR|
Benjamin N. Garland (born April 6, 1988) is an American football offensive guard for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the United States Air Force Academy and attended Central High School in Grand Junction, Colorado. He has also been a member of the Denver Broncos. Garland was originally a defensive lineman before converting to offensive guard in 2012.
Garland lettered four years in football and one in basketball for the Central High School Warriors. He earned first-team all-state honors in football as a senior. He was also an all-conference and all-district selection.
Garland was signed by the Denver Broncos on April 25, 2010 after going undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft. The Broncos placed Garland on the reserve/military list on September 4, 2010 to serve his two-year military commitment. He was released by the Broncos on August 31, 2012. He was signed to the Broncos' practice squad on September 1, 2012.
Garland signed a futures contract on January 15, 2013. He was released by the Broncos on August 30, 2013 and signed to the team's practice squad on September 4, 2013. Garland signed a future's deal with the Broncos on February 4, 2014. He made his NFL debut on November 9, 2014 against the Oakland Raiders. He was released by the Broncos on September 5, 2015.
Garland was signed to the Atlanta Falcons' practice squad on September 9, 2015. On December 15, 2015, he was signed to the active roster. On January 14, 2017, Garland lined up at defensive tackle and recorded his first career safety after downing Russell Wilson after he tripped over guard Rees Odhiambo's foot while taking a snap during the NFC Divisional Playoff against the Seattle Seahawks.
In 2017, Garland played in all 16 games, starting three at left guard in place of the injured Andy Levitre.
On March 12, 2018, the Falcons placed a second-round restricted free agent tender on Garland.
Garland was stationed at Scott Air Force Base as a Public Affairs Officer from 2010 to 2012 while assigned to the Denver Broncos Military Reserve players list. Garland held the rank of second lieutenant during this time.
Garland was approved for his separation from active duty in May 2012 and joined the Colorado Air National Guard as a Public Affairs Officer with the 140th Wing stationed at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado. He is currently a captain and fulfills his military obligations between NFL seasons.