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Former NFL Player Now Farms for Charity

After my last post on idiots behaving badly on a NYC Subway, it’s easy to lose faith.

Then there is this inspiring story.

Why a star football player traded NFL career for a tractor

LOUISBURG, N.C. – At one point number 60, Jason Brown, was one of the best centers in the NFL.

At one point he had a five-year, $37 million contract with the St. Louis Rams.

And at one point he decided it was all meaningless – and just walked away from football.

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

So what could possibly trump the NFL?

You wouldn’t believe.

Jason Brown quit football to be a plain, old farmer — even though he’d never farmed a day a in his life.

Asked how he learned to even know what to do, Brown said:

“Get on the Internet. Watch Youtube videos.”

He learned how to farm from Youtube.

Thanks to Youtube and some good advice from other farmers here in Louisburg, N.C., this week Jason finished harvesting his first, a five-acre plot of sweet potatoes.

“When you see them pop up out of the ground, man, it’s the most beautiful thing you could ever see,” said Brown. He said he has never felt more successful.

“Not in man’s standards,” said Brown. “But in God’s eyes.”

But God cares about the NFL, right? There are people praying to him on the field all the time.

“Yeah, there’s a lot of people praying out there,” said Brown. “But, when I think about a life of greatness, I think about a life of service.”

See, his plan for this farm, which he calls “First Fruits Farm,” is to donate the first fruits of every harvest to food pantries. Today it’s all five acres–100,000 pounds–of sweet potatoes.

“It’s unusual for a grower to grow a crop just to give away,” said Rebecca Page, who organizes food collection for the needy. “And that’s what Jason has done. And he’s planning to do more next year.”

Brown has 1,000 acres here, which could go a long way toward eliminating hunger in this neck of North Carolina.

“Love is the most wonderful currency that you can give anyone,” said Brown.

“Are you sure you played in the NFL?” I asked.

“Yes.”

“Because I feel like cuddling you right now.”

“Don’t do that!” he said.

Brown may have left the NFL, but apparently holding is still a penalty.

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2014 in Giant Negros, Men, The Post-Racial Life

 

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Drugbo Bids to Buy NFL Team

limbaugh_oxycontinLimbaugh Confirms Rams Bid

Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh confirmed reports that he is among the bidders to purchase the St. Louis Rams.

“Dave Checketts and I have made a bid to buy the Rams and we are continuing the process,” Limbaugh said in a written statement, according to the Associated Press.

CBS first reported Sunday that Checketts, the chairman of hockey’s St. Louis Blues, and Limbaugh were among the bidders.

There have been similar reports since then.

According to the AP, Limbaugh said in his statement that he and Checketts would operate the team if their bid is successful but he declined to name other investors and refused to discuss other details, citing a confidentiality agreement with Goldman Sachs, the investment firm reviewing the assets of the estate of former Rams owner Georgia Frontiere for her family.

Well – that won’t leave the rest of the league’s left side linebackers and safeties with much to do…

The Rams will always be running to the right.

The league supposedly has a “substance abuse” policy. Having an Oxycontin addict own a team…

Really is going to make that worth the paper it’s printed on.

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2009 in News

 

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