Coffee attempts comeback after seven years, Army stint

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Coffee attempts comeback after seven years, Army stint

San Francisco (AFP) – Former NFL running back Glen Coffee is attempting a comeback after spending seven years away from the gridiron, the past four of them serving in the US Army.

The league reinstated the 29-year-old and he was then waived by the San Francisco 49ers, with whom he played his lone NFL campaign in 2009 before retiring in 2010.

Coffee, now a free agent available to any interested team, was taken in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

He ran for 226 yards on 83 carries while making 11 catches for 76 yards and a touchdown for the 49ers, who finished 8-8 that season and failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Coffee, used mainly as a backup to starting ruhser Frank Gore, abruptly quit the NFL in August 2010, two weeks into pre-season workouts.

After returning to the University of Alabama and completing his undergraduate degree work, Coffee enlisted in the US Army in 2013 and served nearly four years as an infantry specialist and paratrooper.

Glen Coffee (R), pictured in 2007, abruptly quit the NFL in August 2010, two weeks into pre-season workouts
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