Why Did NFL Star Jason Brown Walk Away from a $37 Million Contract? You’ll Be Surprised

Here’s a story you don’t hear too often.

Jason Brown, NFL superstar for the St. Louis Rams, walked away from his $37.5 million contract to become a farmer. One day, he just woke up and realized his professional football career was meaningless. He wanted to do something to give back to the community, to make a difference.

Brown signed the five-year contract back in 2009, which made him the highest-paid center in the NFL. After earning more than $25 million of that contract, he decided to turn his back on the game and feed the hungry.

All the vegetables he harvests on his 1,000-acre farm are donated to food pantries.

“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.'”

According to the News & Observer, Brown has already given away 10,000 pounds of cucumbers and 46,000 pounds of sweet potatoes this fall.

Starting out, he had absolutely no idea what it took to be a farmer, but watching YouTube videos taught Brown all he needed to know.

Watch the official CBS report in the video above.