Tag:Glen Coffee
Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:37 am
Edited on: May 23, 2011 10:52 am

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

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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Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:40 pm

Glen Coffee is technically playing football again

Posted by Andy Benoit

Glen Coffee abruptly retired from professional football last summer. The 49ers’ 24-year-old running back said that God had bigger plans for him.

Less than a year later, Coffee has readopted the sport…sort of. Earlier this month he made his debut with the Northwest Florida Falcons of the Premier South Football League. The Falcons are a semi-pro team near Coffee’s hometown. They play their games at Davidson Middle School.

This doesn’t mean Coffee is angling for a comeback, though.

“I just enjoy recreational sports,” he told Adam Rosenburg of NFWDailyNews.com. “I figured it would just be another fun thing to do.”
Coffee is not even playing running back this time. Instead, he’s a starting linebacker/safety. He joined the team at the urge of a former high school teammate.

In his interview with Rosenburg, Coffee would not address why he left the NFL. He also did not get into specifics about what he’s been doing with his life since retirement, though he said he’s taking online classes in an effort to finish his degree from Alabama (he left college early to enter the 2009 NFL Draft).

“A lot of people think that because I quit, I don’t like football or I have something against it,” Coffee said. “It’s not like that. As a recreational sport, I still dig it. It’s just not what I wanted to do with my life.”

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Category: NFL
Posted on: October 8, 2010 5:25 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2010 6:12 pm

Ex-Niner Glen Coffee arrested

Posted by Andy Benoit

Kudos to Pro Football Talk (or, likely in this case, whoever emailed PFT) for finding a little nugget on former 49ers running back Glen Coffee. It seems the abruptly-retired 23-year-old has stumbled into a bit of a legal mess.

The Okaloosa County, Florida website shows that Coffee was arrested around 2:00 a.m. Friday for possession of a concealed firearm.
Perhaps now Coffee will rethink retirement and sign with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: August 16, 2010 9:11 pm

Glen Coffee shares his reasons for retirement

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A nice story here by the Mobile Press-Register’s Gentry Estes on why former 49ers RB Glen Coffee retired after only a year in the league.

His relationship with God apparently played a big, big role.

From Estes:

Coffee had been "wrestling" with the decision for a while, he said in a Saturday interview. He said he came to the conclusion that God had another plan for him other than football, and leaving the sport "was just me doing what I should have done a long time ago."

"I feel like it's His will," Coffee said. "It's something that I really felt like I shouldn't have entered the NFL in the first place. I don't know what call God has for my life, but it wasn't football."

Coffee also said he might return to school at Alabama and get his degree. Perhaps the ministry isn’t out of the question.

There’s a lot of God talk in this story, but it seems like Coffee is sincere in his reasons for leaving.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: August 16, 2010 6:26 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2010 6:44 pm

Westbrook signs with San Francisco

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, it appeared free agent RB Brian Westbrook would sign today with the St. Louis Rams. Then, it was the Redskins. Then, the 49ers got in the mix to sign the two-time Pro Bowler who’s had two 1,000-yard seasons in his eight-year career.

Turns out San Francisco is the one to win his services. A few days after Glen Coffee surprisingly retired from football, the 49ers have signed Westbrook to take his place, the team announced this evening.

More details to come later. The 49ers have scheduled a presser for 5 p.m. PT.

UPDATE (6:43 ET): According to NFL.com's Jason La Canfora , "Westbrook took less money to go to 49ers than the Rams offered. He will make a base of $1.25M and could earn up to $2.5M."

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 11:43 am

Buffalo, San Fran interested in Westbrook too?

Posted by Will Brinson

Brian Westbrook's been quite cautious with his free agency this offseason, which is rather rare for an aging running back with concussion issues. Theoretically, he'd like to jump on the first team that could offer him a good contract and some playing time, before the rest of the 2002 Pro Bowlers (Larry Johnson, Willie Parker) filled those spots.

Turns out, his patience was a smart move: yesterday, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan mentioned Washington's renewed interest in the back , and now it appears that the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers would also be interested in inking the former Eagle.

That's via Chris Russell of the Reskins Radio Network , who says he talked to Westbrook's brother Byron at Redskins practice on Monday.

According to Byron, his brother has "some new possible opportunity's [sic] in SF and Buff as well as" St. Louis.

Buffalo and San Francisco adding themselves to the mix makes perfect sense: Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch could both miss extended time into the season , while San Fran just lost Glen Coffee to a very early retirement .

And of course, St. Louis would love to have Westbrook in order to compliment Steven Jackson.

So, now that it's clear that his patience has paid off, what should Westbrook do. Personally, I think the Niners provide the best possible fit for Westbrook.

They're a contending team (in a particularly weak division) with less personnel in the backfield -- Frank Gore and new-found bruiser Anthony Dixon are the only competition for carries out by the bay.

In Washington, Westbrook's talents would certainly be utilized and he would get to play with his old buddy Donovan McNabb, but as mentioned, their depth chart is pretty full with LJ, Parker, Clinton Portis, et al. That's not to say Westbrook couldn't be better than those guys or that those guys couldn't be cut, but the path to touches is much more difficult there.

St. Louis would provide touches and good money, but the odds of winning a Super Bowl there this year are roughly 200:1 (at least according to Sportsbook ... and that's being generous, really). The same thing applies for Buffalo, with the caveat that when Jackson and Lynch return, Westbrook could see his carries drop again.

Like every decision for veterans, it may come down to how much Westbrook values winning versus playing time versus money. San Francisco just seems to offer the best combination of the three.

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 2:29 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 4:16 pm

Glen Coffee retires

Posted by Will Brinson

Glen Coffee, according to our 49ers Rapid Reporter Michael Erler , missed Thursday afternoon practice and was a no-show for Friday morning's session as well.

The reason for Coffee's absence was unknown, until Friday afternoon (yes, it's the 13th) when the youngster out of Alabama announced his sudden and shocking retirement.

Matt Maiocco of Bay Area CSN first reported the news on Twitter, stating simply that "Coffee announces retirement" before following up with an update in which coach Mike Singletary apparently said that "Coffee's retirement decision came out of the blue."

That's understating it -- Coffee was born in 1987, which doesn't exactly put him in the same age bracket as Brett Favre, John Kasay, or any of the other elderly NFL players.

So, needless to say, this news is, as Erler put it, "shocking."

In fact, it was about a year ago that I was pretty excited to draft Coffee in fantasy football leagues -- if Frank Gore went down, it stood to reason that he could be a sleeper for any team's bench. Thinking that he's out of the league now is nothing short of mindboggling.

There's a distinct possibility that Coffee is dealing with some sort of personal (thinking emotional here, perhaps?) issues -- that's 100 percent speculation on my part, but if anyone has a better explanation for why a 23-year-old would simply up and retire from the game of football just before the season started, I'm all ears.

And yes, "lacking the desire to play football" would theoretically fit into that "better explanation" mold, but even that still qualifies as a personal and emotional issue: it's seems unlikely that he woke up this morning and made a calm, rationale decision to never play football again.

Update (3:12): Coffee issued the following statement about his retirement: "This has been a tough decision for me, but at this time in my life I feel it's best for me that I move on from football. I appreciate what the 49ers, my teammates and coaches have done for me, and I wish them a blessed season and all the best in the future. "

Update (4:13): Some quotes from Mike Singletary, who said that he appreciated Coffee telling him the news face-to-face.

“His demeanor was, ‘I really hate to lay this on you, coach. But since college, my heart just hasn’t been in it. As a matter of fact, I came out early because my heart wasn’t in it,’ Singletary said. "All I asked him was, ‘Are you sure? Have you really thought about this?’ He said, ‘Yes, I have. I thought about it for a long time."

Singletary also said he was "sad" that Coffee quit because Coffee is an "exceptional young man."

Kudos to those of you in the comments who mentioned "heart not in it" as a reason for Singletary to quit -- turns out you were spot on. (I still stand by the notion that "heart not in it" is an emotional/mental/personal issue though.)

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