Jason Brown retired in 2012 after a seven-year NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens and St. Louis Rams, and not because he couldn’t play any longer or no teams wanted him. Instead, Brown ended a fairly lucrative career in professional football to become a farmer in North Carolina, even though he had never farmed a day in his life.
Asked by CBS News how he learned to become a farmer, his sounded like anyone who has ever tried to fix the plumbing at their house without calling a plumber: “Get on the Internet. Watch Youtube videos.”
But Brown’s farming career isn’t just some weird agricultural lark. Rather, Brown just seems like a real good dude.
Per CBS News:
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.
Now comes word that Brown is more or less Superman. On Tuesday, he delivered his own child after his wife went into labor at the farm and the midwife couldn’t get there in time.
Brown and his wife, Tay, had planned to have help for the home birth, but the mother went through labor so quickly that Lunsford Bernard Brown III made his debut before the reinforcements could arrive.
“It was an incredible experience,” said Brown, a former St. Louis Rams center who retired to buy a farm and give away the crops. “It was unbelievable.”
The baby was named in honor of Brown’s older brother, who was killed in military action in Afghanistan. Tre, as he will be called, weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces.
Tre is the Browns’ fourth child. J.W. is 7, Naomi is 31/2, and Noah will be 2 in December.
“Delivering Tre was a surprise,” Brown said. “My wife and I were one praying couple.”
I wonder if he watched a YouTube.