NFL star gives up his career to help the needy

NFL star gives up his career to help the needy December 6, 2014


In 2012 — after seven years in the NFL –- Jason Brown was let go from the Rams. Though other teams were interested in signing him, he left his career because he felt he had found a higher calling. Brown went on to become a farmer and to help the hungry with the fruits of his labor, CBS reported.

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

While Brown, who was considered one of the best centers around, remained undeterred, it’s no wonder his agent was floored with his client’s decision.

In 2005, Brown was drafted to the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth round. He moved onto the Rams in 2009, where he was offered a competitive contract, and started every game but two from 2009 to 2011, according to the News & Observer.

When he said goodbye to the Rams in 2012, San Francisco, Carolina and Baltimore contacted him about potentially joining their teams, but Brown declined.

Though Brown had no training, he bought an 1,000-acre farm in Franklin County, North Carolina that year and teamed up with some experts to get his mission off the ground, according this his website.

…This year he donated more than 10,000 pounds of cucumbers and 100,000 pounds of sweet potatoes to local pantries.

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

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