5 Things Broncos Country Should be Thankful for

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Oct 5, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos guard Ben Garland (63) before the start of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Garland is what makes Broncos Country so great. 

The fact he made his dream come true is even better.

Garland grew up in Colorado and played college football at the Air Force Academy. He was sworn into the Colorado Air National Guard on May 31, 2012, where he currently works as a public affairs officer and was promoted to the rank of captain.

Garland, in conjunction with the Air Force and the U.S. Department of Defense, has worked through the “Palace Chase” program to transition into the reserve and hold a civilian job after two years of active service, allowing him to pursue his NFL dream.

I’m thankful Garland plays for the Broncos.

He epitomizes Bronco Country and what it’s about.

After all, Broncos Country isn’t just a phrase or place, it’s a way of life.

As the Broncos try to put a bow on this season, we have a lot to be thankful for as fans.

Perhaps the thing I’m most thankful for is they aren’t the Oakland Raiders.