Professional football player Jason Brown turned down a $37 million contract to play for the St. Louis Rams and instead purchased farmland so he can grow free food for the hungry. In his first year, Brown has delivered 100,000 pounds of produce to local food pantries.f
At one point number 60, Jason Brown, was one of the best centers in the NFL.
Then he decided to walk away from the fame and fortune of football to do something more meaningful.
“My agent told me, ‘You’re making the biggest mistake of your life,'” said Brown. “And I looked right back at him and I said, ‘No I’m not. No I’m not.'”
Brown, who learned farming largely from YouTube and by gathering advice from local farmers in Louisburg, North Carolina, is growing sweet potatoes and cucumbers, the former of which recently yielded his first harvest: 100,000 lbs. of food, which he donated to local food pantries.
“When you see them pop up out of the ground, man, it’s the most beautiful thing you could ever see,” Brown said.
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