Jake Plummer is now a mushroom farmer in Colorado

If you’ve ever wondered what former Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos linebacker Jake Plummer is up to now, wonder no more: Plummer is a co-founder of Mycolove Farm, which has been selling locally grown medicinal and culinary mushrooms and extracts mushrooms 30 miles outside of Denver since then. 2021.

“It’s not like we discovered this new fungus,” Plummer told USA Today’s Parker Gabriel. “These have been around forever, so we’re just finding ways to grow them efficiently, get them out so they’re very powerful, and then make them available to people who are interested in their health and well-being and preventive maintenance and who are sick. and tired of being sick and tired.”

Mycolove makes about $8,000 a month, according to USA Today, selling mushrooms found mostly in North America that can last up to six months. The extraction process is said to take six weeks.

Plummer, 47, first learned about the medicinal properties of mushroom extracts while working for a CBD company for years after his NFL career ended in 2007. He said the supplements helped him feel better and sleep better, and eventually co-founded Umbo to manufacture and sell mushroom bars and supplements with two others, including former UFC champion Rashad Evans.

But that company faltered during the COVID-19 pandemic due to supply chain issues, prompting Plummer to explore mushroom cultivation. This led Plummer to Mycolove Farm which his co-founders Shane Schoolman, Leo Pollio and Michael Heim opened on October 8, 2021.

“It was 16 years ago when I was that guy who was going to lead a team on the field, and I’ve changed tremendously since then and evolved and grown, but it’s still a part of me,” Plummer said. “It doesn’t define me, but it’s a part of me. It allows me to reach more people than just a small audience where I live. … I’m not doing this to make a bunch of money. I’m doing this because it has helped me and I think I have a chance to spread that word.

“This has passed the experimental stage. We experimented for a few months and now we know we can do it,” Plummer added. “Now it is just entering that big step as a business and a start-up. We have to have a good product, get people to buy it, get it to all the local places we can get it. Then come the obvious conundrums of startup, scaling, finding investors, finding bigger space, more employees, maybe, as we go.

“How far that goes, we don’t know yet.”

Plummer’s belief in alternative medicine

Plummer has been an advocate for non-Western medicine since retiring from the NFL in 2007 after 10 years. After retiring, Plummer said he found solace in alternative medicine and pushed for the NFL to consider CBD and hemp products instead of painkillers in 2016. That effort didn’t work, but Plummer eventually discovered mushrooms as an even better alternative. good for treatment.

“For me, my grandfather had Alzheimer’s and, also doing what I do for a living, I’m trying to do anything that can help me regenerate my nerves and help me get back on track, which I feel. Plummer said. “Everyone wants to live a long life, I would think. I do. Longevity, vitality, not just a long life, but a good life, not just in a wheelchair until the age of 120. I plan to be 110 years old and still active. That’s my goal.”

Plummer spent his last four NFL seasons with the Broncos, where he led Denver to the AFC Championship Game in 2005. He was replaced by rookie Jay Cutler during the 2006 season. Prior to that, Plummer was a second-round pick in 1997 by Cardinals. He finished his NFL career with 29,253 passing yards, a 57.1 completion percentage, 161 touchdowns and 161 interceptions in 10 seasons.

Jake Plummer has advocated for alternative medicine since retiring from the NFL in 2007. (John Leyba-USA TODAY Sports)

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