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You’ll Never Guess What Jason Brown Gave Up His NFL Career to Do

ABS_Jason Brown farmIn 2009, Jason Brown’s five-year, $37.5 million dollar contract, $20 million guaranteed, with the St. Louis Rams made him the highest-paid center in the NFL. For three years he started every game, before he was released in 2012.

Instead of signing as a free agent to interested teams like the San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens, the 6-foot-3, 320-pound former offensive lineman bought 1,000 acres of farmland in Louisburg, NC, to grow crops and donate them to feed the hungry programs.

“When I think about a life of greatness, I think about a life of service,” Brown told CBS News.

Even though he reached the NFL, made a lot of money and lived in a big house, Brown said that he hasn’t felt more successful than he does now. “Not in man’s standards,” Brown said. “But in God’s eyes.” 

Brown, who spent his NFL career with his hands in the dirt plowing the way towards the end zone for his teammates, found meaning in serving others.

“My agent, he told me, ‘You’re making the biggest mistake of your life,’” Brown said to CBS. “And I looked right back at him and I said, ‘No, I am not.’”

Brown said he knew nothing about farming before 2012. He said he learned by studying tutorial videos on Youtube and talking to other farmers, according to newsone.com.

 “When you see them pop out of the ground, man, it’s the most beautiful thing you could ever see,” Brown said.

Rebecca Page, who works with Society of St. Andrew, a nondenominational organization that helps feed the needy, was assigned to Brown’s farm.

“One day, out of the blue, I get this call, and the man on the line says, ‘Come and get these cucumbers,’” Page told The Boston Globe. “Are you telling me this because you want Society of St. Andrew to harvest them? And he said, ‘Yes ma’am.’”

It was not just a bag of cucumbers. It was 170,000 pounds of cucumbers that Brown donated to the Society of St. Andrew. They were sent to area shelters and food pantries set up to feed the hungry, The Globe reported.

Brown told Page that next year he wants to make a bigger contribution.

“He’s saying 10 acres next year. . .  10 acres! That almost takes my breath away,” Page told The Globe. “He wants this big festival, with something like 700 gleaners. We’re doing all this by hand and honestly, I’m not sure I can get my head around that.”

“This is the most rewarding thing I’ve done with my life,” Brown told the News & Observer. “It’s living a life with purpose.”

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8 thoughts on “You’ll Never Guess What Jason Brown Gave Up His NFL Career to Do

  1. Jay Contreras says:

    THIS brotha is magnificent! He is using his blessings to bless others. I so wish someone could duplicate this in Africa though.

  2. Benjamin Mbiya says:

    There are many who did this in africa but they would get killed by their own brothers/sisters who became jealous of thei success. I know, very stupid and shamefull.

  3. Richard Guy says:

    Jason Brown your idea has more merit than you possibly are aware of. "So Called "Poor Nations" around the world are facing a dilemma with their food production. Monsanto Chemicals are trying to corner the world seed market so that these poor people will not have access to reproducable food. Mansanto is engineering the seeds to give a one year production instead of the reproducable annual seeds in the posesession of the indigenous people. The result is that the engineered seeds only produce a one year yield. The poor people therefor have to buy a new batch of seeds every year. The result is that rice farmers in India are committing suicide as they go broke and watch their families starve. So Jason Brown if you can by your small effore bring attention to this crisis your work will be Imortalized. We are fighting in our small way perhaps you will join us?

  4. Richard Guy says:

    bravo jason brown.

  5. Jay Contreras says:

    Benjamin Mbiya They have been affected by the same white supremacist programming– just like most of us in the African diaspora. But I don't believe by a long shot, that would be MOST.

  6. Donna Boyd says:

    Awesome Brother.

  7. Jeff Mwaura says:

    May The Lord bless you for carrying the heart to feed the poor

  8. Kenneth Patterson says:

    What an amazing Man.

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