Jason Brown, a former Rams center who once had a five-year $37 million contract, learned to farm from watching YouTube videos and quit football to be come a farmer. (In fact he was released by the Rams in 2012, but could have likely played for another team–he chose not to.) Instead he bought a thousand acres in North Carolina, his home state, and started his new career.
Brown’s plan is to donate the first fruit of every harvest to food pantries. His first crop was 100,000 pounds of sweet potatoes–which all went to charity. Brown says, with an infectious smile, that he’s doing God’s work. “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.’”