Speed Reads

The American Dream

NFL star ditches $37 million contract to become a farmer

Jason Brown was living the kind of life many gridiron devotees would kill for as the star center for the St. Louis Rams — Sundays were spent in worship of the almighty pigskin. But Brown had no intention of fading into the kind of bombastic obscurity reserved for the greats of football. Two years ago, he walked away from his career (and a 5-year contract worth $37 million) to become a farmer of 1,000 acres in his native North Carolina.

A total agricultural novice, Brown taught himself how to harvest partially by watching YouTube videos, and intends to donate a vast portion of his crops to the hungry every year. "Love is the most wonderful currency that you can give anyone," he said. Watch CBS's endearing profile below. --Helen Holmes