But he was not firing up a football team.
Six United Way organizations in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia gathered in Johnson City Thursday for the start of the 2015 Regional Fundraising Campaign.
Jason Brown walked away from professional football to start farming. The yields from his farm are used to help those in need.Kicking off the new campaign, was guest speaker former NFL player, turned farmer, Jason Brown. He is a graduate of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he attended on an athletic scholarship.
While he was there, Brown met his wife, Dr. Tay Brown.
After graduating from college in 2005, Brown was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. After years of being in the NFL, Brown took a leap of faith and walked away from the NFL.
Brown moved backed to the North Carolina and purchased a 1,000 acre farm in Louisburg. Brown uses the yields from his farm, First Fruits Farm, to help out those in need.
People magazine recently featured Brown in its series My American Dream. Brown says while playing professional football he ”had the burning passion to move towards the life of service.” He says he’s now growing food to help fight hunger. Last year, his farm donated 125,000 pounds of sweet potatoes, his largest yield ever, to organizations in need.
This year’s United Way theme is ”United We Serve”.
Brown says, “We can get just as excited about community service as we can about our sports. When we’re out there doing service events, everybody can be standing up, cheering, with their game face on, saying ‘Yeah!'”
The regional United Way campaigns have set a combined goal of over $9 million this year.
For more information on the United Way and how you can donate check out the website:http://www.unitedwayofwashingtoncountytn.org/