For the Oklahoma state senator, see Glenn Coffee.
Glen Coffee
Coffee at 49ers Family Day in June 2009
No. 20     
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-05-01) May 1, 1987 (age 33)
Place of birth: Valparaiso, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 3 / Pick: 74
Debuted in 2009 for the San Francisco 49ers
Last played in 2009 for the San Francisco 49ers
Career history
Roster status: Retired
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Rushing yards     226
Rushing average     2.7
Rushing TDs     1
Stats at

Glenwood Razeem Coffee, Jr (born May 1, 1987) is a former American football running back for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He was selected by the 49ers in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft and played one season before retiring in 2010. He played college football at Alabama.

College careerEdit


In Coffee's freshman season, he showed up in all twelve games.[2] On September 17, he rushed for a season-high 75 yards on 15 attempts in a 37–14 win over South Carolina.[2][3] He did not see significant action throughout the remainder of the season, as he was a backup to starter Kenneth Darby while sharing time with Jimmy Johns. In Alabama's homecoming game versus Utah State, he scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 9–yard reception from John Parker Wilson.[4]

In his freshman season, he rushed for a 179 yards on 48 attempts. He also caught eight passes for 91 yards, including one touchdown.[2]


After redshirting his sophomore season on campus,[5] Coffee returned in the 2007 season under new head coach Nick Saban. In that season, he split time as the starting running back with freshman Terry Grant. In the season opener versus Western Carolina, Coffee rushed nine times for 76 yards and one touchdown in a 52–6 victory.[6][7] In the season's homecoming game, he had his first 100-yard rushing game in a 30–24 win over Houston. In total, he rushed for 121 yards on 30 attempts and one touchdown, as well as catching one pass for six yards.[8] However, he did not accumulate any statistics in four of Alabama's final five games.[6] Alabama earned an appearance in the 2007 Independence Bowl versus Colorado. Coffee carried the ball 19 times for 72 yards in a 30–24 win.[6][9]

Coffee finished his redshirt sophomore season with 545 yards on 129 carries, scoring four touchdowns. He also caught 18 passes for 142 yards.[5]


In the 2008 season, Coffee was named the starter in all 14 games, though shared time with two other running backs, Roy Upchurch and Mark Ingram, Jr.[10] Coffee's first 100-yard rushing performance came in the fourth game of the season in a 49–14 rout of Arkansas. He carried the ball ten times for 162 yards and two touchdowns, including his career-long run of 87 yards.[11] In the following game, Coffee again scored twice in a 41–30 upset over #3 Georgia, finishing the game with 23 carries for 86 yards.[12] Coffee's career best game came in the following week in a 17–14 win over Kentucky, as he ran for 218 yards on 25 attempts, including a 78-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.[13] His 218 yards was the most by an Alabama running back since Shaun Alexander in 1996.[14] Alabama clinched a berth in the 2008 SEC Championship Game with a 27–21 overtime victory over LSU, in which Coffee rushed for 126 yards and one touchdown.[15] In the annual Iron Bowl, he ran for his fourth 100+ yard game in a 36–0 rout of rival Auburn with 144 yards and one touchdown.[16] After rushing for 112 yards in the SEC Championship game loss to Florida,[17] Coffee was held to his season low in the 2009 Sugar Bowl against Utah. The Utes defense held Coffee to 36 yards on 13 attempts in a 31–17 Utah victory.[18]

In his best statistical season at Alabama, Coffee ran for 1,383 yards and ten touchdowns, while averaging 5.9 yards per carry.[19] With his season's performance, Coffee was named to the Associated Press All-SEC first team.[1] On January 9, 2009 Coffee announced he would forgo his Senior year and declare for the 2009 NFL Draft. He was represented by Todd Crannell of Q2 Sports & Entertainment.

Career statisticsEdit

Team Season Rushing Receiving
Att Yards Avg Long TD Rec Yards Avg Long TD
Alabama 2005 48 179 3.7 37 0 8 91 11.4 40 1
2006 Redshirt season
2007 129 545 4.2 20 4 18 142 7.9 32 0
2008 233 1,383 5.9 87 10 16 118 7.4 15 1
Total 410 2,107 5.1 87 14 42 351 8.4 40 2
Statistics correct as of the end of the 2008 season.[19]

Professional careerEdit

San Francisco 49ersEdit

Coffee was drafted in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He had an uninspiring rookie season, seeing time as a back up to Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore.


After attending OTAs, minicamp, and two weeks of training camp, Coffee abruptly announced on August 13 that he would retire just before the start of the 2010 NFL preseason.[20][21] Head coach Mike Singletary stated that sixth round draft pick Anthony Dixon and veteran Michael Robinson would compete for the number 2 running back spot and that Coffee's departure would not be a distraction to the team. However on August 16, the 49ers signed free agent veteran Brian Westbrook as the backup running back to a one year deal. The 49ers could move to recoup $621,000 of Coffee's $828,000 signing bonus.[22]

Coffee plans to return to the University of Alabama to finish his degree in consumer affairs, with an eye towards graduate school. Coffee has confirmed that the reason he retired was that his heart was never in football and that he believes God wants him to take another path.[23]


Coffee was arrested in his hometown of Mary Esther, FL on October 8, 2010 for possession of a concealed firearm.[24] According to a Yahoo! Sports report,[25] Coffee's 2008 Cadillac was pulled over for speeding and the vehicle was subsequently found to be unregistered and Coffee without insurance. As the vehicle was being prepped for towing, a 'cocked', black 380 SIG Sauer semi-automatic pistol[26] was found in the center console of the vehicle and Coffee was then arrested and booked for carrying a concealed weapon, a third-degree felony. He was released from jail the same day.[27] Coffee reportedly told police he is a self-employed motivational speaker and was assigned a 16 November 2010 court date,[28] which was rendered moot when the state dropped the charges in late October 2010.[29] The charges were dropped because no violation of Florida's laws involving fire arms had taken place.[30]

Coffee's brother, Matt, plays fullback for the University of South Carolina.[31]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "2008 AP All-SEC Football Team Announced". 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Glen Coffee stats - 2005". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  3. "Shula wins just third road game with 'Bama". Associated Press. 2005-09-17. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  4. "Aggies lose ninth straight road contest". Associated Press. 2005-10-29. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "38 Glen Coffee". University of Alabama Athletics. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Glen Coffee stats - 2006". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  7. "Bama faithful bask in Saban's winning debut as coach". Associated Press. 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  8. "Alabama 30, Houston 24". Associated Press. 2007-10-06. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  9. "Wilson's 3 TDs carry Alabama to bowl win over Colorado". Associated Press. 2007-12-30. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  10. "Alabama Combined Team Statistics". University of Alabama Athletics. 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  11. "Interception returns for TDs spark No. 9 Tide's blowout of Arkansas". Associated Press. 2008-09-20. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  12. "No. 8 Alabama turns up heat in first half on way to win over No. 3 Georgia". Associated Press. 2008-09-27. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  13. "Coffee runs for 218 yards as Alabama stops Kentucky". Associated Press. 2008-10-04. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  14. Latta, Scott (2008-10-04). "Coffee's Career Day Sends No. 2 Alabama Past Kentucky, 17-14". UA Media Relations. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  15. "Saban makes victorious return to Tiger Stadium as Bama stays unbeaten". Associated Press. 2008-11-08. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  16. "Alabama shuts out Auburn for biggest Iron Bowl win in 46 years". Associated Press. 2008-11-29. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  17. "Tebow's 3 TD strikes lead Gators' waltz past Tide". Associated Press. 2008-12-06. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  18. "Utah secures perfect season with Sugar Bowl win over Alabama". Associated Press. 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  19. 19.0 19.1 "Glen Coffee #38 RB". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  20. Maiocco, Matt (August 13, 2010). "49ers RB Coffee Retires Suddenly". Retrieved August 13, 2010.
  21. Farrar, Doug (August 13, 2010). "It's a jolt: 23-year-old Glen Coffee retires from NFL". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved August 13, 2010.
  22. Price, Taylor (2010-08-13). "Coffee Tells 49ers He Intends to Retire". San Francisco 49ers. Retrieved 2010-08-14.
  23. Price, Taylor (2010-08-15). "Coffee: I've already told Christ it's time to go". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  24. "Inmate Detail Information". Retrieved 2010-10-09.
  31. Matt Coffee bio

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