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Glen Coffee on NFL: 'It ruins a lot of lives'

Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:37 am
Edited on: May 23, 2011 10:52 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Way back last August, Glen Coffee abruptly retired from the NFL. He eventually told everyone he was pursuing a career in a more faith-based industry, but then managed to get arrested for possession of a firearm before coming back and joining the Premier South Football League.

Whew. That's a pretty busy non-season for Coffee. And he's back in the news again. He sat down with the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows for a recent interview and stated that the NFL "ruins lives."

"People just keep asking me [why I left the NFL early], and it's like, 'Ok, why are you asking me that?' And their No. 1 reason - their only reason - is money," Coffee said. "It saddens me, man. If your only focus is money, you're going to be sorely disappointed. A lot of people, they chase money. And when they get the money they think, 'Ok, what now? There's got to be more than what I'm feeling now?' "

"As far as the NFL goes, I have a hard time putting it like this because it sounds kind of harsh, but I feel like it ruins a lot of lives more than anything else."

Coffee's reasoning is that the NFL wrecks lives not because of the physical harm done to the players, but because the people in the NFL are chasing the almighty dollar and whatnot.

Frankly, I disagree. There are PLENTY of occupations where people are chasing the buck: Financial analyst, athlete, poker player, politician, or even sportswriter (just ask Jason Whitlock!) -- all of these professions have people more concerned with money than doing what they enjoy.

In fact, it seems to me that, for the most part, football contains a greater group of people doing what they love, as opposed to doing something that gives them a shot at making tons of money.

The biggest downside of the NFL isn't greed; it's the physical and/or mental damage done to those who play. Barrows asked Coffee about that and Coffee's only real response was, "it does suck that they have to put their bodies through that."

That seems a little short-sighted for a guy with such a supposedly fresh perspective.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 6:03 pm

Glen Coffee on NFL: 'It ruins a lot of lives'

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:20 am
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Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: May 24, 2011 6:29 am

Glen Coffee on NFL: 'It ruins a lot of lives'

Poker Player is an occupation? 

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: May 24, 2011 2:46 am

Glen Coffee on NFL: 'It ruins a lot of lives'

Possession of guns, not drugs.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: May 24, 2011 2:45 am

Glen Coffee on NFL: 'It ruins a lot of lives'

He made a bad mistake by leaving a ton of $$$$ on the table for a "spiritual" lifestyle that was all in his head; it would be nice if he could just man up and admit he screwed up, rather than say the nfl and money are evil, when he's the one getting busted for drugs. Bill Gates makes a ton of $$$$ and gives tons of it away to help those in desperate need, so it's not money that's evil, it's how people decide to use their money. and not every player is all about the money: lots of guys like Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Ray Lewis, would give their entire salary away for another super bowl ring, they love the game and the game pays them accordingly. But after everything is said and done about Coffee's decision, I'll say that everyone makes bad decisions in their 20's.... but damn, he gave away a few more years of hundreds of thousands of dollars for carrying the ball 2-3 times a week, on a really good week, Bad move, good luck finding work anywhere Coffee. If he thought the NFL was tough, lets see how 60 hrs/week at a blue collar job like the rest of us slave away at, is going to change his mind about what a hard job is, after he gets cut from the flag football league he's in right now. Simply amazing...

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:52 pm

I got it the first time....

Coffee! I support your decision. Here. Accept my respect. For cryin' out loud though, be done with your soap-box. Step away from the mic, work on accomplishing your higher calling, and THEN let me know what's up. Like I said before, I will cheer from the sideline the loudest when you get where you're going, but let's get the journey started already. Right now, it just seems like you want attention for the sake of the spotlight. Get the mission launched!

Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 8:48 pm

Glen Coffee on NFL: 'It ruins a lot of lives'

First off, those guys are playing b/c it pays $$$$$$$.  I would concede many players love football, but lets be honest, it isn't a game its a buisness.  That is why we have a lockout!  They may love their jobs, but they still gotta put bread on the table.

As a teacher I hear kids everday saying "I want to be a football player", basketball player, singer etc.  That pot of gold at the end of the rainbow entices many individuals to take an all or nothing approach.  If your 10, and someone asked, would you rather be Lebron James or Tom Brady vs. going to school high school, going to college and working everday, 8-5 for the rest of your life, just to retire at 60.  How would you respond?  Who needs the 3 R's when you can run a 4.2-40, or hit a 3 in the clutch?  The sad part is by the time many of these kids figure out that they don't have what it takes, its to late.

I am not condemning the NFL (the greatest sport on earth!  GO TITANS!) or any of the previously mentioned career choices.  The problem is much more deep seated and systemic than just saying that "the NFL" is the problem.  But, I can see where he is coming from.

Since: Jul 6, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 3:23 pm

Glen Coffee on NFL: 'It ruins a lot of lives'

    This guy has all the earmarks of a head case.

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 1:54 pm

Glen Coffee on NFL: 'It ruins a lot of lives'

He eventually told everyone , but then managed to
I could have sworn that you're supposed to get arrested and then find religion..In that order...

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 1:29 pm

Glen Coffee on NFL: 'It ruins a lot of lives'

I think the writer kinda missed the point here...sure the guys love playing football, but i think coffee is pointing out that, because of the huge amounts of money being thrown around, it destroys people's love for the game and makes it about money.  Obviously there are more detrimental careers and careers people would never do if they didn't get rich doing it, but he is pointing out that it isnt for the love of the game anymore...its about the fame and money and lifestyle..It's the whole reason we are in the lockout, everyone wants more of the money. He may have worded his explanation badly is making it sound like the NFL is the only place this happens or that it is the worst of the cases, but he is correct is saying that it's sad our society places so much importance on riches and, even when you are doing something you love, money becomes the real deciding factor.

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