Steamboat Springs Westin Cofer had always loved everything about football.
Opposing teams in high school planned around the former Steamboat Springs High School linebacker, and Cofer earned a partial scholarship to Mesa State College in Grand Junction following his senior year as a Sailor in 2006-07.
After his freshman season at Mesa State, Cofer transferred to Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga., hoping to play at a higher level.
But now Cofer's at a crossroads many athletes have seen before. He's sitting on the decision of whether to continue his playing career.
"I soul-searched a bit," Cofer said Friday from Georgia. "I'm still soul-searching on whether to get back into football shape again."
It's been a trying year for Cofer. Last year, he planned to tryout for Georgia Southern, but 10 days before tryouts began, he pulled his hamstring in a workout.
He still attended the tryouts, but his 40-yard dash time was markedly slower, and he couldn't complete all the drills.
Cofer still attended school, made good grades and found a niche in business marketing. When summer rolled back around and the training regimen for football came up again, life happened.
Cofer said he didn't necessarily need football in his life anymore. With his school life and social life taking up a good portion of his time, Cofer said it wasn't all about football anymore.
"I still lie in bed and have flashbacks of making the hit and watching myself on film," he said. "But if I go out right now, I have no regrets. I pushed myself to the best of my ability. I gave college football a try."
It doesn't mean Cofer has given up on football.
He said he still trains, and at 220 pounds, said it wouldn't take him long to get back into football shape. He said he's been running his 40s in 4.65 seconds, just shades slower than when he was in his best shape.
He's taking summer classes and waiting to make a decision. Classes officially start Aug. 10 with football activities resuming Aug. 24.
He said he'll make a decision by the time school starts.
Until then, he's just enjoying being a college student.
"I'm not sure yet. Looking back on my career, I had a pretty successful career," he said. "It's pretty tempting to go out, but it's tempting to go look back at my career and be happy with that."