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Jason Brown    

Football Player Who Left the NFL to Farm and Harvest Food for the Hungry

Jason Brown grew up in Henderson, North Carolina. He went on to attend the University of North Carolina, where he played both guard and tackle before moving to center. He never missed a game. He was drafted in the fourth round by the Baltimore Ravens in 2005. Brown became a free agent in 2009 and was signed by the St. Louis Rams for $37.5 million, making him the highest-paid center in the league.

He was again a free agent three years later, but rather than signing a new contract, Brown left the NFL and bought a thousand-acre farm in Louisburg, North Carolina. Brown has been farming full-time since 2013, and he gives away nearly everything he grows (mostly sweet potatoes). He and his wife, Tay, have been married since 2003 and have eight children.

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Former UNC and NFL center Jason Brown shares his massive ...
Former NFL player Jason Brown supervises the harvest of sweet potatoes for the needy on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at his First Fruits Farm near Louisburg.
Jason Brown gives up the NFL to be a farmer | NFL | Sporting News
Jason Brown was once one of the most reliable centers in the NFL. These days Brown spends his time farming and harvesting free food for the hungry. In 2009 ...

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