It was compelling news when Glen Coffee said no to the NFL in August. Passing up a lucrative football career for religious reasons — who ever heard of such a thing? Eli Herring, for one. Fifteen years ago, he did the same. "Playing football is a very public thing. That's one reason it's fun to play, is because so many people take an interest," said Herring, a former BYU offensive lineman. "So when you decide not to play, people take an interest in that, too." Coffee, a running back for the San Francisco 49ers, quit football after one season, saying he had a higher calling and "there's a lot of people out there who need to be saved." A Christian who was baptized in 2008, he said his decision may even lead to a call in the ministry.
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