The Mobile Press-Register reported former San Francisco 49ers running back Glen Coffee graduated from Airborne School on Friday. Coffee was a third-round draft pick by the Niners in 2009 but he abruptly retired following his rookie season.
In Coffee’s lone season in San Francisco he rushed for 226 yards and one touchdown. Three weeks before the start of the 2010 season, he retired from the NFL citing his religion and desire to become a minister. He also said he no longer had the drive to play football.
The timing was terrible as it left a void at backup running back with the season quickly approaching. His retirement forced San Francisco to sign Brian Westbrook who had 340 rushing yards and four touchdowns, plus 16 receptions for 150 yards and one touchdown as a backup.
Coffee never became a minister, but he enlisted in the Army on February 4. After attending Airborne School at Fort Benning in Georgia, the former running back wants to become a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces.
I know my motivation and I know my focus. I just felt like being in an elite unit would pretty much weed out anybody who didn’t have the drive and focus that I believe I have. I feel like if I make it in (Special Forces), that guy to my left and my right is somebody I could depend on with my life and visa versa.
The best of luck to Coffee on his journey as it looks like he found his calling in life.