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Conversations with Falcons’ Dan Quinn, Grady Jarrett, and Ben Garland on the NFL Honors red carpet

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The Falcoholic spoke to Atlanta’s Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee, Jarrett, and Garland, who won the Salute to Service award.

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The Falcons are well represented at this year’s NFL Honors. We spoke with Salute to Service award winner Ben Garland, Walter Payton Man of the Year finalist Grady Jarrett, and head coach Dan Quinn on the red carpet about the event and the awards.

Garland, an Air Force Academy graduate and a captain in the Air National Guard, was honored with the eighth-annual Salute to Service Award presented by USAA.

Garland said that aside from the great honor of receiving this particular award, he was excited to attend the event with both of his brothers.

“To experience this with them is an incredible experience,” Garland said. “I mean, you dream about doing something like this as a little kid, and you get to experience it with your family, it’s even better.”

Jarrett was up for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

“I’m here to enjoy a good time and see some good players get rewarded, and also see who comes out on top of the Man of the Year stuff. I’m just here enjoying the time, enjoying the Brotherhood, and seeing how it goes,” Jarrett said.

Chris Long of the Eagles won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award (and I spoke with him, too), but we’re proud of all of the things Jarrett does to serve his community.

We’re not the only ones. I caught up with Dan Quinn, who was proud of Garland and Jarrett and the selfless ways they serve others.

Quinn, who makes giving back to our military and veterans a top personal priority, was excited for Garland.

“I’m really proud of (Ben) and all of his teammates,” Quinn said. “There’s so many of the guys on our team have a way to give back to the community. I thought, what a great guy to recognize in Ben, all that he wants to do for the military and has been a part of. So we’re all really proud of him.”

Quinn was also pleased for Jarrett, and especially proud of the ways he’s seen him grow as a leader since being drafted by the Falcons in 2014.

“I think he’s shown leadership ever since the day I first met him, and that was probably at the Combine or a workout up at Clemson,” Quinn said. “He’s always had those traits to him, and now that has also moved to off the field, where he’s had leadership within the community. So I think that’ll continue to grow through the years, but he’s really an impressive guy.”

NFL Honors airs this evening on NFL Network starting at 9 p.m. ET.