Glen Coffee abruptly walked away from his NFL career in August, saying he wanted to focus on his Christian faith. The former San Francisco 49ers running back still isn’t enamored with the NFL lifestyle, but he won’t rule out returning to the game.

Actually, he’s back, sort of, playing linebacker in a semipro football league in his native Florida while taking online classes at the University of Alabama, where he starred before going to the 49ers in the third round of the 2009 draft.

Coffee played only one season in San Francisco before informing former 49ers coach Mike Singletary during last year’s training camp that he was done. Coffee’s reasons for quitting have baffled many, but he told The Sacramento Bee this week that the NFL “ruins a lot of lives” and that he takes his cues from “the Lord.”

“People just keep asking me (why he quit the NFL), and it’s like, ‘OK, why are you asking me that?’ ” Coffee said. “And their No. 1 reason — their only reason — is money. It saddens me, man. If your only focus is money, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. A lot of people, they chase money. And when they get the money they think, ‘OK, what now? There’s got to be more than what I’m feeling now?’

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