Coffee told Barrows his heart wasn't in football and he felt as though committing to something less than 100 percent would not glorify Christ.
"It was a struggle for a long time," Coffee told Barrows. "Actually, when I look back I feel I never should have entered the draft in the first place. Football was no longer my dream. I found Christ in college. It changed my views on everything. But I still was a football player because it was expected of me. It was something I did all my life. I was basically wasting the (49ers') time."
Coffee's contract with the 49ers included a signing bonus for $828,244 and $310,000 in salary for 2009. He will probably have to pay back some of his signing bonus. His deal covered four seasons. Divide the $828,244 bonus by four and multiple the total by the three unfulfilled years of the contract and you'll get $621,183 -- the amount I would think San Francisco could recoup from Coffee.
The decision to walk away from football probably brought immediate relief to Coffee based on his stated feelings. If he does have regrets years later, he will have missed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.