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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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