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49ers RB Glen Coffee is reinstated and waived

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Running back Glen Coffee retired while with the 49ers, but it looks like that’s over. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe recently reported:

“Here’s an interesting one: 2009 third-round RB Glen Coffee was reinstated from retirement and waived by the 49ers.”

The reinstatement process is not instantaneous, but this largely flew under the radar while it was happening. If Volin is right, he’s already back in the league – though not on a team. Since he was waived, the 49ers have given up their claim and he can sign anywhere.

Coffee only lasted one year in the NFL. After going to Alabama and then getting taken in the third round, he ran for 226 yards and a touchdown on 83 carries for the 49ers. He played in 14 games and only started twice. Of course, this was back when Frank Gore was with the 49ers, so there was no way a rookie was going to do any more than back him up in 2009.

After that season, Coffee left the NFL. He talked about going back to Alabama and fell out of the public eye. He joined the military in 2013 and became a paratrooper. It looks like he’s now thinking of trying to get back into football. He’s 29 years old, which is old for a running back, but he hasn’t played in seven years.

After he left, Gentry Estes of the Mobile Press-Register reported that Alabama coach Nick Saban said:

“I really was surprised. Glen was such a warrior-type competitor when he was here. He was a guy that just played fantastic football for us and improved dramatically in the two years he was on the team (under Saban). He always seemed to be a guy that really loved the game.”

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