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Former UNC, NFL center Jason Brown donates 20 tons of sweet potatoes for UNC's ‘Yam Jam’

A former UNC and NFL player who traded one field for a thousand acres of another has gifted for his alma mater 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes — for “Yam Jam.” Jason Brown had the 20 tons of root vegetables dumped on the front lawn of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Saturday morning to be bagged and donated to local food banks.

Video: Jason Brown - From one field to another

Three years after signing a lucrative contract with the St. Louis Rams, North Carolina alumnus Jason Brown walked away from the NFL to become a farmer and combat food insecurity in North Carolina.

Carolina Insider Podcast: Big Basketball & Football Wins

Recap North Carolina's big football win at Pittsburgh and the basketball win over Northern Iowa in the latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast. Hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas also share a fun story about former football star Jason Brown and more in this installment of the podcast. Carolina Insider is a twice-weekly production hosted by Angell and Lucas.

Jason Brown’s Journey From Football to Farming

Former UNC football player Jason Brown, one of the highest-paid centers in the NFL, walked away from football at the peak of his career. His new life on a farm in Louisburg, just 30 minutes from where he grew up, was much harder, and happier, than he ever thought possible. Jason’s working harder than he ever has, but he goes to bed with a peace of mind he’s never had before

Faith takes Jason Brown from football to farming, and to Peoria

The sweet-potato harvest at Jason Brown’s farm in North Carolina takes place in about two weeks. It’s a busy time at his 1,000-acre spread. But the former NFL offensive lineman was able to take a break to visit Peoria, perhaps to help grow his faith instead of crops. “We take our farm-food ministry very seriously,” Brown said after he spoke to hundreds at the Peoria Civic Center.

These former Tar Heels are all rooting for ODU Saturday night

Ken Brown was director of ticketing for the University of North Carolina for more than eight years. He has fond memories of Chapel Hill, where he treasures his memories of the late Dean Smith, UNC's legendary basketball coach. “One of the most loyal people I’ve ever met,” Brown said of Smith. Jason Chandler played football for the Tar Heels and was in Chapel Hill last weekend.

Former UNC football player bags yams to donate to community

A truckload of sweet potatoes arrived at UNC this weekend to be bagged and donated. The process was part of Yam Jam, a new event sponsored by the North Carolina Study Center that aims to provide locally grown sweet potatoes to organizations and people that need food. First Fruits Farm, owned by former UNC football and NFL player Jason Brown, contributed to the event.

Jason Brown Goes From Football Player To Farmer

The United Way of Alamance County was looking for a speaker who epitomized community service to represent this year’s Taste of Alamance event. That’s when Julie McAteer discovered Jason Brown. Brown, a former offensive lineman for UNC, the Baltimore Ravens and the St. Louis Rams, decided to leave professional football in 2012 to become a farmer.

Video: Inspiring America - Jason Brown Traded Football Field for Farm Field

Former North Carolina and NFL player Jason Brown was earning millions of dollars on the gridiron but, at the height of his career, he left it all behind to pursue a wildly-different life on the farm.

Video: How Jason Brown Found His Dream in Doing Service

Jason Brown set aside a successful pro football career after a personal tragedy inspired him to dedicate his life to helping others.

NFL player-turned-farmer Jason Brown challenges ACC's brightest to change world

As a senior at UNC, Jason Brown was among 32 athletes honored for academic excellence at the 14th ACC Postgraduate Scholarship awards luncheon. That was 2005. Brown returned for the 25th annual event last Wednesday, this time as the keynote speaker. He was a football player then, bound for the NFL. He is a self-taught farmer now, bound for greater glory.

My Carolina Experience: Jason Brown

Former UNC football player Jason Brown’s life has been far from ordinary. He has faced challenges head on and conquered them. Now, he's a man on a mission to help the less fortunate. It all started when he was looking for a school in the early 2000s. “I was looking for the place that had it all – not just athletics but a great combination of academics and social life. Carolina had the best combination of all three."

UNC, NFL star Jason Brown, who gave away his crop, delivers his own child

Jason Brown, the former NFL star who retired from football so he could grow crops to feed the hungry, delivered his own child Tuesday at his Louisburg home. Brown and his wife Tay, a dentist, had planned to have help come for the home birth, but the mother went through labor so quickly that Lunsford Bernard Brown III, arrived before the reinforcements could arrive.

Why Jason Brown traded NFL career for a tractor

At one point number 60, Jason Brown, was one of the best centers in the NFL. At one point he had a five-year, $37 million contract with the St. Louis Rams. And at one point he decided it was all meaningless - and just walked away from football.

Video: Jason Brown's Harvest

Former NFL and UNC football player Jason Brown talks about his faith and farming. Brown's first harvest from his farm near Louisburg, N.C. yielded 46,000 pounds of sweet potatoes that he gave to charity.

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