US: Retired NFL star turns to mushroom farming

JAKE Plummer is embracing a very different lifestyle after leaving the NFL behind. The former Denver Broncos quarterback, 48, is now a small-town mushroom farmer.

Plummer was a second-round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft and enjoyed 10 seasons in the league. He was a star for Arizona State in college, throwing for 8,626 yards and 64 touchdowns across four successful seasons.

But after leaving football behind at the tender age of 32, he has since reinvented himself by getting closer to nature. The former QB owns MyCOLove Farm, a "funghi kingdom," as he calls it, in Fort Lupton, Colorado, about 40 minutes north of Denver.

Plummer's farm grows mushrooms for medicinal, functional, and culinary needs. He also produces mushroom nutrition bars sold by his other company, Umbo. Plummer also believes he could have played for longer if he'd had his mushroom farm during his NFL career.

He continued: "I am so much more appreciative of [my NFL career] now. "Before, it wasn't a burden. When I was in it, I had to be a certain way. "You're in it. If I had the experiences I've had the last three years while I was playing, I feel like I could've handled a lot of situations better. I just wasn't there."

Plummer passed for almost 30,000 yards over his decade-long stint in the NFL, which began with the Arizona Cardinals before he joined the Broncos in 2003.

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