Category Archives: Glen Coffee

Saban surprised by Coffee's retirement

A day after the news of Glen Coffee’s sudden retirement from the NFL broke, Nick Saban said it caught him off guard.

“I really was surprised,” Saban said. “He was such a warrior-type competitor when he was here and a guy that played just fantastic football for us and improved dramatically in the two years that he was on the team. He had a fantastic year two years ago.

“He always seemed to be a guy that really loved the game, but I really don’t know what contributed to this, but it did surprise me a little bit.”

Coffee announced his retirement Friday after just one season and part of a second training camp with the San Francisco 49ers. Coffee told The Sacramento Bee that he would return to school to finish his final six hours for an undergraduate degree, then get his masters.

“It was a struggle for a long time,” Coffee told the newspaper. “Actually when I look back I feel I never should have entered the draft in the first place. 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.”

Glen Coffee quits football?

That’s the story coming out of the Bay Area this afternoon. After just one season and part of a second training camp, Glen Coffee is retiring from football and the San Francisco 49ers.

Read more here, here and here.

You might remember Coffee left Tuscaloosa a year early to enter the NFL draft. That cleared the way for Mark Ingram to have the season we all remembered him having last fall.

Coffee’s decision is certainly not a common one. Back in March, he told a pack of us reporters that he was looking forward to a big season this fall.

“I had a great preseason, but I didn’t live up to the regular season — the season that counted,” Coffee said in March. “So, I’ve been working this offseason to get bigger and stronger. I’m going to make something happen. I’ve got to.”

See that full story by clicking here and a profile I wrote about him last season can be found here.

Glen Coffee impresses in preseason debut

While former Alabama teammate Andre Smith continued his holdout, Glen Coffee started his first preseason game of his 49er career. The Crimson Tide leading rusher from a year ago ran 14 times for a team-high 67 yards in a 17-16 win over the Broncos. Read a little more on Coffee here.

A few other ex-Tide turn NFL rookies could make preseason debuts today.

  • Antoine Caldwell and the Houston Texans play the Chiefs at 7 p.m. Read a little more about the center taken in the third round of the draft by clicking here.
  • John Parker Wilson will get one quarter to prove himself in today’s game at Detroit. According to this Atlanta Journal Constitution story, all four Falcon QBs will play a quarter against the pathetic Lions who will send another former SEC quarterback out for his debut — No. 1 pick Matt Stafford.
  • As mentioned previously, Smith is still not practicing or playing for the Bengals. The sixth pick of the draft is talking with Cincinnati about ending the hold out according to this story. Stay tuned for updates on this story.

Glen Coffee signs with 'Niners

Read the story posted below from the Associated Press concerning the signing of former Crimson Tide running back Glen Coffee with the San Francisco 49ers. In other non-news, Andre Smith has still to sign a contract with the Bengals. Stay tuned for updates. Also, add your entry to the caption contest in the previous post.

Now, from the AP:

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers have signed running back Glen Coffee, their third-round draft pick, to a four-year contract.

The deal was announced by the team Monday night.

The 6-foot, 209-pound Coffee, out of Alabama, is expected to be Frank Gore’s backup this season in coach Mike Singletary’s power running offense. Coffee ran for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for the Crimson Tide. He finished his collegiate career with 2,107 yards on 410 carries with 14 TDs, and 42 catches for 351 yards and two touchdowns.

First-round pick wide receiver Michael Crabtree remains San Francisco’s last unsigned draft pick. He could hold out when the team hold its first training camp practice Saturday.