For Ex-NFL player Jason Brown, the decision to trade one life for the other was worth it. After giving up a lucrative $37.5 million contract, he decided to farm enough food to feed as much homeless folks as possible.
Back in 2009, Brown was only 29 and had bright in the future with the NFL ahead of him. He had even signed a contract worth $37.5 million with the St. Louis Rams, making him the highest paid center in the NFL where he had already been playing for nine seasons. But Brown’s heart wasn’t in it. All he wanted to do was help feed the hungry.
Just when he’s made a little over $25 million for him contract with the Rams, Brown decided to give it all up: the fame, the career and the opulent lifestyle that came with it. Instead, he focused on making something different of himself, something less flashy and more noble. Brown decided he wanted to become a farmer.
“My agent, he told, ‘You’re making the biggest mistake of your life,” Brown recalled during an interview with CBS. At that time though, Brown had already made up his mind. “And I looked right back at him and said, ‘No, I am not.'”
For Brown, he had a new field to tackle on, a sprawling 1,000-acre farm in Louisburg, North Carolina. He taught himself how to grow crops through a YouTube video.
According to report from the Insider, Brown has already managed to harvest 10,000 pounds of cucumbers and 46,000 pounds of sweet potatoes this fall. He gave them all away to food pantries to help feed the homeless.
Today, there’s still no looking back for this ex-NFL player. In fact, it’s seeing his crops ready for harvest that gives him utmost satisfaction now. “When you see them pop up out of the ground, man it’s the most beautiful thing you could ever see,” Brown says.
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