“I just felt like the league and that path wasn’t for me, I just knew that I didn’t want to waste, for me, my younger years doing something that I didn’t want to do. That was kind of my viewpoint on the situation.”

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Glen Coffee has certainly made headlines these past few seasons. Coffee left the University of Alabama a year early to play in the National Football League. Quitting football has long since been in Coffee’s mind. He says that the decision to go pro was much more difficult than he thought it would be. He tried quitting a team in middle school before his mother intervened. He thoguht that the NFL paychecks would make football more palatable, which is why he agreed to play.

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“I got to high school, and I played because my friends played, and then when I realized that I was good enough for college, at that point it was to get school paid for. And I still had a year left to play at ’Bama, but I didn’t come back because I didn’t want to play football anymore. So I figured if I got paid to play football, I would tolerate it. So I got to the NFL and I got the money, and it was mo’ money, mo’ problems, pretty much. And I found out it wasn’t for me.”

After enlisting in 2013, Glen Coffee is now a specialist 6th Ranger Training Battalion in the Army infantry.

“I would never say never, but as of right now I have so much I want to do,” Coffee said. “So my first option is not to make this a career. But, you get to a certain age in life, and you realize that life doesn’t always happen as you plan, so we’ll see. We’ll see what happens.”

Article: Washington Post