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LDS Lineman Wears Temple Pin for First-Round NFL Draft, His Baby Steals the Show

On Thursday night, LDS offensive lineman Garett Bolles became the number 20 overall pick during the first round of the NFL draft when the Denver Broncos selected him to join their team.

Garett Bolles' journey from a homeless teen in and out of trouble with the police to a returned missionary and multimillionaire has no doubt endeared people to the new NFL player.


So this just happened #broncos #garettsstory

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But during the opening night of the draft, Bolles' adorable son, Kingston, stole the show, helping the Mormon linebacker stand out from the crowd.

Despite all of the players dressed to impress in designer suits, USA Today named Kingston the "best-dressed" person of the night.

Standing next to his family on this important night, Bolles wore a temple pin tacked on his gray suit, showing the world that family and faith have been essential in bringing Bolles to the place he is today.

"Faith drives my family and my family drives football," Bolles wrote on Instagram. "Without them I wouldn't be where I am today. I love my beautiful wife Natalie and my sweet baby boy Kingston. They are a blessing in so many way. I can't wait to have them by my side through this amazing dream and journey of playing in the NFL."

Bolles' life before he found the LDS Church was tumultuous at best, having been kicked out of five schools and his own home. But then he was taken in by an LDS couple, Greg and Emily Freeman, who introduced him to the gospel.

"Garett fell in love with God in a way he hadn’t ever before and his life began to change," Emily Freeman writes on Time Out for Women. "Opportunities opened up. Things beyond our imagination. Opportunities, the likes of which would never have entered into our hearts."

Among those opportunities were the chance to serve a mission, the chance to play football for a junior college and eventually the University of Utah, and the chance to marry his wife, Natalie Bolles, in the spring of 2016.


We are Broncos!!! 💙 #nfldraft2017 #redcarpet

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Now, Bolles has the chance to continue sharing his faith as he and his family move to Denver to start another journey of a lifetime.

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