THESE 7 PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES ARE ALSO FARMERS
No, no. They aren't just on farm teams. They're in the big leagues...and the farm fields.
- •Jason BrownIn 2012, Jason Brown shocked the sports world by walking away from a $37.5 million NFL contract to become a farmer in North Carolina. How-to-farm YouTube videos (and his religious convictions) led him on a new path, and last year, Brown donated 100,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and 10,000 pounds of cucumbers to local food pantries.
- •Wade DavisThe talented pitcher for the Kansas City Chiefs spends his off-season on a 160-acre farm in Marlboro, New York, which he purchased last year. He calls it DC Farms in memory of his brother who passed away in 2013. His wife, Katelyn, told The Kansas City Star that all Davis wants to do is “hunt, farm, and play baseball.” During the season, she says, “It’s killing him to be away from it, but my dad is there farming it.”
- •Jordy NelsonJordy Nelson, a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, identifies more as a farmer than a football player and spends as much time as he can on his family’s farm in Riley, Kansas, where they grow wheat and raise cattle.
- •Ross OhlendorfRoss Ohlendorf plays for the Texas Rangers and spends a fair amount of time on his family’s cattle ranch, Rocking O Longhorns, near Austin. He interned at the U.S. Department of Agriculture back in the day, and now weans calves and mends fences as a sixth-generation farmer in the off-season.
- •Giovanni CarmazziGiovanni Carmazzi was a third-round NFL draft pick in 2000, though he never played an official game here in the States. He now has a small goat farm in Northern California, along with a company that develops online software programs for physicians.
- •Raef LaFrentzFormer basketball power forward and center Raef LaFrentz owns a farm in his home state of Iowa. He a first-round NBA draft pick who was snapped up by the Denver Nuggets in 1998 and played for several other teams before retiring in 2009.
- •The Sutter FamilyRetired NHL legend Brian Sutter—the eldest of six brothers who all played ice hockey professionally—grew up on a dairy farm in Alberta, Canada. “We were raised to be farmers,” he said. Besides Brian, there was Daryll, Brent, Duane, Rich ,and Ron, who have all gone on to either coach or manage NHL teams, but have also been involved in ag. Their seventh brother, Gary, was reportedly the best player, but he committed to farm life early.