ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – For his efforts to assist low-income women in Cambodia and end sex-trafficking there, Denver Broncos guard Ben Garland has been named the team’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.
Garland co-founded and is the executive director of SoDE Solution, a nonprofit that creates sustainable economic situations that help prevent sex-trafficking in the southeastern Asian nation. The organization provides power, clean water and food to an orphanage that’s been in existence for 15 years.
Garland, who signed with the Broncos as a free agent in 2010, also regularly participates in Broncos’ community events, including Drive for Life and Hometown Huddle, and events for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and the Denver Rescue Mission.
The Broncos will submit Garland as their representative to the NFL’s league-wide Walter Payton campaign. The national award winner will be announced during Super Bowl week. Former quarterback and current team executive John Elway was the franchise’s only league-wide selection in 1992.
Previous nominees include linebacker Wesley Woodyard (2010-11, 2013), guard Zane Beadles (2012), cornerback Champ Bailey (2008-09), cornerback Domonique Foxworth (2007), wide receiver Rod Smith (2004, 2006), safety John Lynch (2005), linebacker Ian Gold (2003) and wide receiver Ed McCaffrey (2002).
The award was established in 1970 and renamed in 1999 for the former Chicago Bears running back.
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