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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 1:31 pm 
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Actually, perhaps the Lord told Coffee it was time;)

I think anyone that finds Jesus will say that God rearranges their priorities in life. Some things right away and some a little at a time.

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Coffee says he won't reconsider: "I've told Christ it's time to go"
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on August 14, 2010 12:55 PM ET

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.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/20 ... ime-to-go/

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 2:23 pm 
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Interesting for sure. In the last couple of years there seem to have been a lot of ...Minister-type I guess we can call it...RB's to come out. Coffee, Javon Ringer, CJ Spiller just to name a couple off the top of my head and I'm pretty sure there was a story about another this past April whose name escapes me now.

Wish him the best.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:58 am 
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Sorry to be blunt, but this is the dumbest move ever.


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Great to see some one strong enough in their beliefs to stand up for them.
It may sound like a dumb decision to some, but it doesn't to him, it is his decision.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:55 am 
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I see what PZ is saying....He can become a minister any time he wants to become one. Why not play football and earn that kind of money in the very small window of opportunity you have to do it?

I'm not going to say that I doubt God called him to do what he's doing, but I don't know if He would have made him give up football so soon.


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It could be that it's a combination of his faith, desire etc. Maybe he realized he just doesn't have the heart for football.
I've seen many people give up things for their faith and the majority of them are happier with their decisions.
To each his own I guess.

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dolphindebby wrote:
It could be that it's a combination of his faith, desire etc. Maybe he realized he just doesn't have the heart for football.
I've seen many people give up things for their faith and the majority of them are happier with their decisions.
To each his own I guess.


He's giving it up to pursue a Masters in Consumer Affairs from what I've read. I'm sure his faith played some sort of role in it... but let me just put it this way, I'm not religious nor do I believe in any of this "faith" stuff.

The kid just gave up millions of dollars for some "higher calling" that may or may not exist.


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Actually I do believe in the faith stuff. I believe in prayer, callings etc.
But, at the same time, as I said, maybe he just doesn't want to play football. His faith may be a big factor in his choices.
Evidently, his interests lie else where.

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dolphindebby wrote:
Actually I do believe in the faith stuff. I believe in prayer, callings etc.
But, at the same time, as I said, maybe he just doesn't want to play football. His faith may be a big factor in his choices.
Evidently, his interests lie else where.


Lol I know you do, I didn't mean to imply that you didn't... and that's fine. To each their own.
Maybe his interests didn't lie in football, but then why leave Alabama his junior year to join the pros?

Something about this whole thing doesn't sit well with me.


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IamPZ wrote:
dolphindebby wrote:
Actually I do believe in the faith stuff. I believe in prayer, callings etc.
But, at the same time, as I said, maybe he just doesn't want to play football. His faith may be a big factor in his choices.
Evidently, his interests lie else where.


Lol I know you do, I didn't mean to imply that you didn't... and that's fine. To each their own.
Maybe his interests didn't lie in football, but then why leave Alabama his junior year to join the pros?

Something about this whole thing doesn't sit well with me.

I don't even know the player. LOL
I know you didn't imply anything.
Maybe he was pushed into playing, then decided on his own to quit.

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IamPZ wrote:
The kid just gave up millions of dollars for some "higher calling" that may or may not exist.


It sure is hard to pass up on millions of dollars. Still, if a person believes that God has called him to do something now then now is the time to leave things that you cannot take with you when you die behind.

"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:17-18).

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Big Dave wrote:
IamPZ wrote:
The kid just gave up millions of dollars for some "higher calling" that may or may not exist.


It sure is hard to pass up on millions of dollars. Still, if a person believes that God has called him to do something now then now is the time to leave things that you cannot take with you when you die behind.

"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:17-18).


I guess to me it just seems silly... but I'm not gonna get into that... I know what my decision should have been... I just think this young man is confused.


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I'm not religious but I respect his decision.

Football is a 100% commitment. It's hard work. You have to want to do it. If you aren't ready for that commitment, then don't do it. The money can be tempting, but there is more to life than money.

Good for him, for whatever his reasons.


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