From NFL Star to Farmer: The Inspiring Story of Jason Brown's Mission to Feed the Needy

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Former NFL star Jason Brown, who was once the highest paid center in the NFL, left his lucrative career in sports to dedicate himself to feeding the needy. Brown had signed a $37.5 million contract with the St. Louis Rams in 2009 and had earned over $25 million of that contract by the age of 29, according to Rare Simple.

Despite having several offers to continue playing football, including an offer from the Baltimore Ravens, Brown walked away from it all to become a farmer in Louisburg, North Carolina, to fulfill his desire to help those in need.

He runs a 1,000-acre farm and is mainly involved in growing sweet potatoes and other vegetables for the needy. He has donated 46,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and 10,000 pounds of cucumbers to food pantries feeding the hungry.

Brown went to the University of North Carolina, but did not have any prior knowledge of agriculture. He learned how to grow crops by watching YouTube videos.

His farm, First Fruit Farm, has a mission to donate the first fruits of every harvest to food pantries feeding the hungry. Brown’s story of selflessness and generosity has inspired many.

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