After Making $25 Million, NFL Player Quits At Age 29 To Become A Farmer And Donates Harvests To Food Pantries

Jason Brown, an ex-NFL player, was once the highest-paid center in the entire league. At the age of 24 in 2009, he signed a $37.5 million contract with the St. Louis Rams. After five years of hard work and earning more than $25 million from the contract, Brown decided to quit and become a farmer instead – all for the greater good.

Although only 29 years old and much potential left for him in the NFL, Brown told his agent he was walking away from football.

“He told me ‘You are making the biggest mistake of your life’,” said Brown during an interview with CBS. “I looked right back at him and I said, ‘No I am not’.”

Brown had wanted to live a life of service – to help those in need. Although he had not farmed a day in his life beforehand, he was more dedicated than ever to feed hungry families with his harvests.


Brown had learned to farm from Youtube videos, online tutorials and fellow farmers. Soon enough, he had 5 acres of sweet potatoes growing. The first harvest, 100,000 pounds in total, went to food pantries for those in need. Each year, he plans to do more than the last on his 1000 acres of land.

Brown says that love is the most wonderful currency that you can give anyone.

It’s clear that Brown has a big heart.

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