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Pro Football Player Leaves $37 Million Contract To Be A Farmer

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A professional football player with a five-year, $37 million contract with the St. Louis Rams gave it all up to become a farmer.

Jason Brown was once one of the best centers in the NFL. His decision to walk away from his football career came as a shock.

"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.'"

For Brown, becoming a farmer was better than playing in the NFL, reports CBS News. The strangest part? Brown had never farmed a day in his life.

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So how did he learn to be a farmer? The Internet.

"Get on the Internet. Watch Youtube videos,” said Brown.

After learning from YouTube videos and gaining advice from local Louisburg, North Carolina farmers, Brown finished his first harvest this year.

"When you see them pop up out of the ground, man, it's the most beautiful thing you could ever see," said Brown. 

Brown’s farming bounty brought him a feeling of success he had never felt before.

"Not in man's standards," said Brown. "But in God's eyes."

As for returning to the other field, Brown has no plans of doing so even if fans wish he would.

"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."

Brown will be donating the first of his crops to food pantries, reports The Blaze. His sweet potatoes added up to 100,000 pounds for those in need.

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

Sources: The Blaze, CBS News / Photo Source: The Blaze