In the Thursday night NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos drafted University of Utah offensive lineman Garett Bolles as the 20th overall pick.
The Westlake High School graduate will return to the state where he served his LDS mission. According his University of Utah athlete profile, he served in the Colorado Colorado Springs Mission.
“This is a dream come true,” Bolles told Anthony Herron of the Pac-12 Network. “I served my mission in Colorado so I have a heart there.”
Bolles discussed his excitement to take his family back to Colorado. He brought his four-month old son, Kingston, onto the stage with him to celebrate the announcement.
Prior to graduating from Westlake High School, Bolles was kicked out or expelled from five schools. He has been open about mistakes he made in his youth — drug use, arrests and jail time. When his father kicked him out of the house, Bolles’ lacrosse coach, Greg Freeman, took him in and helped set him on the right path.
“Without those mistakes, I wouldn’t be standing here — because sometimes you have to go through things to realize where you’re going to go,” Bolles told ESPN.
Bolles joins former University of Utah running back Devontae Booker on the Denver Broncos.