Jason Brown (American football)
Brown in April 2015
|Date of birth:||May 5, 1983|
|Place of birth:||Henderson, North Carolina|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||320 lb (145 kg)|
|NFL draft:||2005 / Round: 4 / Pick: 124|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Jason W. Brown (born May 5, 1983 in Henderson, North Carolina) is a former American football center and current farmer. He played college football at North Carolina and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Despite earning a starting position for the Ravens and later earning a $37 million five-year contract with the St. Louis Rams in free agency, Brown walked away mid-contract to pursue his convictions to farm and reduce poverty in his native rural Louisburg, North Carolina.
Brown attended Northern Vance High School in Henderson, North Carolina, where he was a member of the National Honor Society. He was a standout not only in football but also in track and field. He holds four state championships; three in discus and one for shot put.
Brown did not miss a game during his career at North Carolina. He was named First-team All-ACC in 2004. Brown first saw action in his freshman year at right tackle against Florida State. Brown started his career at North Carolina as a tackle, then guard. He was later moved to center, where he played the remaining three years of his college career.
2005 NFL Draft
Along with Chris Spencer, Brown was considered one of the best centers available in the 2005 NFL Draft. He was projected as a mid-third round pick, and was eventually selected in the fourth round (124th overall) by the Baltimore Ravens.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 2 3⁄4 in||313 lb||5.20 s||1.85 s||3.09 s||4.52 s||7.72 s||30 1⁄2 in||8 ft 9 in||26 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine, except for broad jump and bench press, which are from North Carolina Pro Day|
Jason Brown started all 16 games at guard in the 2007 season after spending 2005 and 2006 as a backup to Ravens starter Mike Flynn. He later started all 16 games in the 2008 season as a center. He was considered the best interior offensive lineman going into free agency after the end of season.
St. Louis Rams
Brown visited the Rams in the first day of free agency February 27, 2009. The next day, he agreed to a five-year deal worth $37.5 million, including a $20 million in guaranteed money. The deal would make Brown the highest paid center in the NFL. However, on March 10, it was reported that the contract has been disapproved by the league and the two sides were working to correct the issue. The deal was finally approved by the NFL on March 12.
On March 12, 2012, Brown was released by the Rams.
Brown chose to walk away from football in 2012 at the age of 29 to become a farmer in Louisburg, North Carolina. He maintains a 1,000-acre farm where he grows produce such as sweet potatoes and cucumbers. He donates these crops to local food pantries, having given away over 46,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and 10,000 pounds of cucumbers. Brown began learning about farming practices in 2012 by watching YouTube videos.
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- "Former UNC and NFL center Jason Brown shares his massive potato harvest". News & Observer. November 6, 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
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- "Jason Brown Profile". Profootball.scout.com. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
- "LEAGUE APPROVES BROWN'S CONTRACT". Profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
- "Ex-NFL Player Who Made $25 Million Quit Football At Age 29 To Become A Farmer". Business Insider. November 19, 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
- "Former Star Center Jason Brown Trades NFL Career for Tractor to Help Feed Needy". GoodBlackNews.org (Louisburg, North Carolina). November 23, 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
- "From half-time to harvest: How NFL center gave up $37million football contract to farm cucumbers and sweet potatoes". Dailymail.co.uk. November 15, 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.