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A Higher Calling: The Story Of Glen Coffee

SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 08: Glen Coffee #29 of the San Francisco 49ers in action against the Tennessee Titans during an NFL game on November 8, 2009 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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GackSports.comContributor IIOctober 12, 2010

On August 13, 23-year-old San Francisco 49ers running back Glen Coffee abruptly retired. No reason was given, no official report was released and naturally the rumors swirled.

One minute Coffee was diagnosed with a rare disease, the next he had simply had enough of the 49ers and coach Mike Singletary. It wasn’t until Coffee explained the reasoning behind his decision that the clamor surrounding it began to fade, only to be met with respect and admiration.

Coffee’s journey began while at Alabama. After a standout junior season for the Crimson Tide, Coffee decided to forego his senior year and enter the 2009 NFL Draft. He was selected in the third round by the 49ers and signed to a four-year, $2.578 million contract with an $828,000 signing bonus.

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