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Broncos: Ben Garland and military ties in the NFL

Published: May 22, 2014, 3:40 pm, by Paul Klee

While doing some research for this column on Ben Garland, I stumbled across some tidbits you might find interesting. I did, at least. I asked the NFL office for a list of current players and coaches with ties to the military.

The league came back with a list of 91 players and coaches from the 2013 season with military ties. Here are a few connected to the Broncos or that otherwise might pique your interest:

-DeMarcus Ware (Broncos defensive end): Wife, Taniqua, served in the Air Force

-Eddie Royal (former Broncos wide receiver): Sister, Christina, served in Iraq as a member of the Air Force

-John Fox (head coach, Broncos): Father was a member of original Navy SEAL teams in 1960s 

-Andy Reid (head coach, Chiefs): Father served in the Navy during World War II

-DeSean Jackson (Redskins wide receiver): Cousin earned two Purple Hearts for service in Vietnam

-Robert Griffin III (Redskins quarterback): Parents were Army sergeants

-Drew Brees (Saints quarterback): Grandfather served in World War II

-Chris Beake (Broncos defense quality control): Served in Air Force as civil engineer officer

-Mario Williams (Bills defensive end): Brother-in-law served in Army and killed in Iraq

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