Ex-NFL Lineman Jason Brown Left Football to Pursue His Dream of Becoming a Farmer

Then-St. Louis Rams lineman Jason Brown plays against the Pittsburgh Steelers Dec. 24, 2011, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
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To the casual observer, Jason Brown had it all.

At one point the former NFL center had a five-year, $37 million contract with the St. Louis Rams—but then one day he decided to walk away from it all, CBS News reports.


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

And what, you ask, did Brown leave the NFL in 2012 to pursue? Why, farming, of course.

According to the report, even though the burly footballer never farmed before, he went on YouTube to learn how to do it and pursued his dream. Earlier this month, he successfully finished harvesting his first 5-acre plot of sweet potatoes, CBS notes.

"When you see them pop up out of the ground, man, it's the most beautiful thing you could ever see," Brown said, adding that he currently feels more successful than he ever has.


Brown's plan is to donate his first crops harvested every season to food pantries. Earlier this month he donated 100,000 pounds of sweet potatoes.

Ever the do-it-yourself man, most recently Brown even helped deliver his fourth child with his wife at home.


Of course, that was more of an accident. He and his wife, Tay, were planning on having a home birth to begin with—but with the help of a professional midwife, the News & Observer reports. However, Tay Brown went into labor so quickly that the couple had to adjust and deliver their son on Tuesday without anyone else's help.

"It was an incredible experience," Brown told the N&O. "It was unbelievable."

Newborn Lunsford Bernard Brown III was named after Brown's older brother, who was killed in action in Afghanistan. The family have given him the nickname "Tre."


Read more at CBS News and the News & Observer.

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