Sometimes money isn’t everything to everyone. How did this amazing story managed to get past EarHustle411? However better late then never, it’s too positive to not report. In 2014, former NFL player Jason Brown has decided to take his expertise of field playing to a different kind of field. He has chosen to leave the football field for the farming field in efforts to help feed the needy. How cool is that?? When we look inside ourselves, who knows what that mirrored reflection will reveal and it seems like Jason Brown’s reflection showed him what his life’s calling meant for him. Everything we do is for a season in this case just a few football seasons. Kudos Jason Brown for putting others before your personal success.
Read more as reported by Huffington Post:
While the St. Louis Rams continue to make headlines for their controversial nod to the Ferguson protesters, a former team member has taken up his own social cause on an entirely different field.
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.
The location was an apt choice considering that North Carolina’s food insecurity rate is significantly higher than the national average.
Last year, 14 percent of American households were food insecure. Between 2011 and 2013, 17.3 percent of households in North Carolina experienced the same issue, according to Feeding America.
Brown picked up some tilling tips from YouTube and dubbed his initiative, “FirstFruits Farm,” because he donates the first fruits of every harvest to food pantries.
Brown partnered with Wisdom for Life, a Christian-based ministry, and committed 2013 to “getting the farm back into shape,” he wrote on his website.
He connected with a number of relief groups, including the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina, and got hands-on help from local farming experts and 600 volunteers, according to his site.
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.”
Source: Huffington Post