Football player quits job — to become a North Carolina farmer

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LOUISBURG, N.C. (PIX11) — A professional football player left his $37 million contract to become a farmer.

St. Louis Rams center Jason Brown left the field for a farm in Louisburg, North Carolina, WGHP reported. The former football player made the career move despite his agent, who told him he was making the “biggest mistake” of his life.

Brown says farming  is more fulfilling than sports. He already bought 1,000 acres and farm crops, including cucumbers and sweet potatoes, the station reported.

He also finished his first harvest this year, despite never farming a day in his life before he left football. According to WGHP, Brown watched Youtube videos and sought help from local farmers to get him started.

Now he plans on donating a large amount of the food to the needy.