Former 49ers RB Glen Coffee on Retiring: “I’ve Told Christ It is Time To Go” | BlackSportsOnline

Former 49ers RB Glen Coffee on Retiring: “I’ve Told Christ It is Time To Go”

by Robert Littal | Posted on Saturday, August 14th, 2010
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Most people were shocked when 2nd year San Francisco 49ers running back abruptly retired.

He is only 23 years old, he had a decent rookie season and his spot seemed secure on the team as a back up to Frank Gore.

A lot of people wondered:

“How could he do this? He has to be crazy? Doesn’t he appreciate the opportunity he was given?”

What they fail to realized is that football is just a game and some people have a higher calling. Coffee appears to be one of those guys. Here are the details from

“Actually when I look back I feel I never should have entered the draft in the first place,” Coffee said. “Football was no longer my dream. I found Christ in college. It changed my views on everything. But I still was a football player because it was expected of me, it was something I did all my life. I was basically wasting the [49ers’] time.”

Coffee will re-enroll at Alabama to get his degree, then intends to pursue a master’s degree. He said he forced football, but that Christ told him to walk away a long time ago. He finally listened and won’t look back.

“No, man. I’ve already told Christ it’s time to go. I’ve already rung the bell. That’s not going to happen.”

I wish him well.

There are many people in this world that do things because it is expected of them, so I applaud anyone who stands up and says my heart isn’t into I am going to do what will make me happy.

Good luck to Mr. Coffee.

I get the feeling he will effect many more lives with his new calling than he would with a football in his hand.

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