Glen Coffee: 'I never should have entered the draft'

Glen Coffee says there is no way he will reconsider his decision to retire from the NFL, one that became public after he informed the San Francisco 49ers he intends to walk away from the game.

A third-round draft pick in 2009 from Alabama, Coffee projected to be the top backup to Frank Gore this season. Now, he says he is headed back to school to finish an undergraduate degree in consumer affairs and then pursue a masters.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee landed the first interview with Coffee after his decision was announced.

“It was a struggle for a long time. Actually when I look back I feel I never should have entered the draft in the first place,” Coffee told Barrows. “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, who has trained hard during the offseason to prepare for this year, said he’s going back to Alabama, even though he’s more associated with football there than anywhere else. He didn’t blame coach Mike Singletary’s tough training camp for playing a role in his decision.

“No. It's what we do. We're football players. I'm not walking away because of that,” Coffee said. “As far as coach Singletary and the 49ers - Singletary, that dude is legit. He's legit on all levels. He's doing what he feels is right. It's definitely not camp and how hard camp was. That's football.”

Any chance he has a change of heart? The 49ers certainly would like to have him this season.

“No, man,” he told Barrows. “I've already told Christ it's time to go. I've already rung the bell. That's not going to happen.”

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