Former NFL running back set to graduate from US Army Airborne

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    From special teams to Special Forces.

    That’s the projected path for Glen Coffee, a former NFL running back who retired from the San Francisco 49ers after the 2009 season and is reportedly set to graduate Friday from the U.S. Army’s Airborne School at Fort Benning in Georgia. The former Alabama standout then hopes to shift to Fort Bragg in North Carolina, moving one step closer to potentially joining the U.S. Army Special Forces, reports.

    “I know my motivation and I know my focus,” Coffee told the website on Thursday. “I just felt like being in an elite unit would pretty much weed out anybody who didn’t have the drive and focus that I believe I have. I feel like if I make it in, that guy to my left and my right is somebody I could depend on with my life and vice versa.”

    After being drafted in the third round in 2009, Coffee, now 26, had a promising rookie season backing up Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore, tallying 226 yards and one touchdown. But his heart was never fully in the game, and the downtime following a knee injury in 2006 season while at Alabama drove him batty. He later told his mother – who briefly served in the military before Coffee was born – that he was going to enlist.

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