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Glen Coffee explains choosing faith over NFL football

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"I'll be happier, not necessarily because I'm without football, but because I'm letting Him do His work. Whether it was leaving football or leaving something else, another job, it doesn't matter. I'll be happy because I'm following His will."


(Tuscaloosa, Alabama)—After only one season with the San Francisco 49ers, former Alabama running back Glen Coffee, 23, is walking away from his football career to follow God's Will for his life, something that, for now, includes going back to the University of Alabama to finish his degree.

Coffee is quoted in a Mobile Press-Register report as saying he wrestled with his decision for a while, but knew—sometime after his conversion to Christianity in 2007—that God had another plan for his life and so he was going to do what he "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. I'll be happier, not necessarily because I'm without football, but because I'm letting Him do His work. Whether it was leaving football or leaving something else, another job, it doesn't matter. I'll be happy because I'm following His will."


"A lot of people aren't going to understand," he added. "True happiness is glorifying God and glorifying Christ. That's what true happiness is. And for me, that wasn't the NFL. That wasn't where I needed to be."


"I appreciate his honesty," 49ers coach Mike Singletary said, "and I appreciate him not coming out here and going through the motions."


Source: Gentry Estes - Mobile Press-Register

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Comment by Raising Up A Standard on August 20, 2010 at 4:34pm
Amen, there are several atheletes that are making these choices, prais God for them. We need more "role models" like this for the people.

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