Alabama's Coffee: "Football is my Ministry"

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If you are a pro football fan, then you know the National Football League draft is is this weekend.

One player expecting to hear his name called is Alabama running back Glenn Coffee. Scouts say he is a great athlete who runs hard.

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They also say he has an "above-average focus" during games and he says there's a reason for that.

On A Mission

Coffee is one of the strongest candidates in the 2009 NFL draft. In the 2008 season alone, he rushed for over 1,300 yards for ten touchdowns.

Because of his, run hard and get-down-the-field playing style, many say he runs like he's on a mission.

"I see football as my ministry," he told CBN News. "So when I'm ruinning the ball, I've got to get to the goalline or I've got to get up the field. The better I do the more famous I become, the more attention is on me. The more attention that's on me is the more attention I can deflect to Christ," he continued. "So if you're trying to tackle me you're trying to hold me back from my ministry. you slowing down my progress."

Coffee says his play accelerated a few years ago when he became a Christian. He compares his new life in Christ to his game on the field.

"Run and he'll guide you, don't hesitate," he said. "When you see a hole, hit it. If it closes up, Christ wanted it to close up. If its open, Christ wants it open. You know God is going to lead you whereever you go. So when I found him, it was like get the ball and run," he explained. "And if somebody gets in your way run them over, you know bottom line."

Developed Playing Style From Job 39: 19-35

Coffee developed his aggressive playing mentality from a passage he read in the Bible, Job 39:19-35 -- which talks about a horse's strength.

"The glory of his nostrils is terrible," Coffee read aloud from his Bible. "He pauses in the valley and rejoices in his strength. He goes on the meet the armed men. He mocks at fear and is not afraid. Neither does he turn back from the sword. The quiver raddles against him, the glitering spear and the shield. He swallows the grown with fieceness and rage."

While other NFL draftees may be concerned about what round they will be drafted, and how much money they will make, Coffee says none of that matters, because he's playing for one reason alone.

"Say I get drafted 2nd round, and I'm going to say 1st round, because Christ can do anything. God can do anything," he exclaimed. "I'm extatic. I'm happy. Then let's say I get drafted 7th round or 6th round, I may not be as happy, but I'm going to work just as hard. Because I know that all I have to do is get into a training camp, because I play for him. I don't play for the money, the fame, or the glory, I play for Christ alone, and Christ alone leads me."

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Shawn Brown

Shawn Brown

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