Falcons G Garland, Former Lions QB Hipple Named Salute to Service Award Finalists

Former Detroit Lions QB Eric Hipple and Atlanta Falcons Guard Ben Garland are finalists for the NFL's Salute to Service Award.

Atlanta Falcons guard Ben Garland and former Detroit Lions quarterback Eric Hipple are the finalists for the NFL's Salute To Service Award.

Garland played football at the Air Force Academy from 2006-2009 and has been a member of the Falcons team since 2015. Hipple played for the Lions from 1980-1989.

The recipient of the award, presented by USAA, will be revealed on Feb. 2 during the NFL Honors show when The Associated Press announces its annual league awards, including MVP.

Garland and Hipple were selected for their efforts to honor and support members of the military community.

USAA, a leading provider of insurance and other services to U.S. military members, veterans and their families, will contribute $25,000 in the award recipient's honor to the official aid societies representing all five military branches. The NFL will match USAA's donation to the award recipient's military charity of choice.

Preview winners were Falcons kick returner Andre Roberts and coach Dan Quinn; Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson; Bears defensive end Jared Allen; Ravens coach John Harbaugh; Bears defensive back Charles Tillman; and Titans owner Bud Adams.

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