When Brett Favre told his teammates he was retiring a few weeks back, a slew of text messages and calls from the Vikings organization caused him to reconsider.
49ers running back Glen Coffee has heard the same pleas since he shockingly retired on Friday, but he sounds unmoved. In an interview with Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Coffee talks about his decision to walk away.
“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.”
Coffee made a difficult decision Friday, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll vacillate like Favre. We wish him all the best, and hope he finds what he’s looking for in his next stage of life.