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Glen Coffee Retires From The NFL At 23 To Pursue A Master's Degree


Glen Coffee has retired from professional football at the age of 23 to pursue getting a Master’s Degree.

Glen Coffee’s stunning retirement Friday sparked a lot of speculation and conversation for its reasoning.  While some believed that Coffee had failed a drug test or been involved in a spat with 49ers coach Mike Singletary, it turns out that to be less menacing.

Saturday, Coffee told Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee that he’s headed back to school to complete his undergraduate degree and pursue a master’s degree, a decision rooted in his deep religious beliefs.

“Actually when I look back I feel I never should have entered the draft in the first place,” said Coffee, who left the University of Alabama after his junior year. “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.”

The 49ers will take a big hit from the move, as they rely on good running while they progress on their young receiving core. As a promising young NFL player who is a back up and being mentored by one of the league’s best Frank Gore, do you think Coffee made the right decision?

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  • lovelybubbly

    This should be posted under A little positivity.

  • mr sin

    what a fool…. you can do a masters anytime, how many people get the opportunity to play professional sports for a living…. foolish and arrogant

  • Shebad

    Very smart young man, seems t have been raised rite! If his heart ain’t in it y waist time doin something ur not feeling anymore, glad he’s following his dream, CONGRADULATIONS!!!

  • Shortcake

    All of you saying he’s dumb for doing just don’t get it he’s young still he can quit go back to school finish school and still be young enough to comeback and play again didn’t Lil Wayne quit rapping awhile went to college in Texas then came back out and was bigger than ever? Don’t just rely on one thing I’m all for it.