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Jason Brown    

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

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, the Rams signed Brown to a five-year $37.5 million contract with $20 million guaranteed. Three years later the team decided to go another way and released him. Instead of going to another team, Brown decided to try his hand at farming. He purchased a 1,030 acre farm near Louisburg, N.C. and uses it to feed the needy.

"My agent told me, 'You're making the biggest mistake of your life," Brown told CBS News. "And I looked right back at him and I said, 'No I'm not. No I'm not."

Brown is confident in his decision even though he had never farmed before. He learned all he knows from watching videos on YouTube. This past weekend, Brown gave away 46,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and 10,000 pounds of cucumbers.

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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 ...

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.

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