Jake Plummer is now a mushroom grower in Colorado

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Jake Plummer is now a mushroom grower in Colorado

If you’ve ever wondered what Jake Plummer, former quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos, is up to now, wonder no more: Plummer is co-founder of Mycolove Farm, which produces locally grown medicinal and culinary mushrooms and mushroom extracts 30 miles outside of Denver sold. Colorado, since 2021.

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

Mycolove makes around $8,000 a month, according to USA Today, by selling mushrooms, which are found primarily in North America and can take up to six months to grow. The extraction process reportedly takes six weeks.

Plummer, 47, first learned about the medicinal properties of mushroom extracts while working for a CBD company for years after retiring from the NFL in 2007. He said the supplements helped him feel better and sleep better, and eventually founded Umbo to make 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 investigate growing the mushrooms. That led Plummer to Mycolove Farm, where his co-founders Shane Schoolman, Leo Pollio and Michael Heim opened on October 8, 2021.

“It was 16 years ago when I was the guy who would lead a team down 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 that I live in. … I’m not doing this to make a bunch of money. I am doing this because it has helped me and I think I have a chance to spread the word.

“This is beyond the experimental stage. We experimented for a few months and now we know we can do it,” added Plummer. “Right now it’s going into this whole big step up as a company and start-up. We have to have a good product, get people to take it, get it to all the local places where we can get it. Then come the obvious start-up mysteries, scaling, finding investors, looking for bigger spaces, possibly more employees as we move on.

“We don’t yet know how far that will go.”

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 over painkillers in 2016. That endeavor didn’t work, but Plummer eventually discovered mushrooms as an even better treatment option.

“For me, my grandpa had Alzheimer’s and since I’m also doing what I’ve been doing for a living I’m trying to do whatever can help me get my nerve back and get back on my feet with what I’m feeling . ‘ Plummer said. “Everyone wants to live a long life, I think. I do. Longevity, vitality, not just a long life, but a good life, not just in a wheelchair until you’re 120. I plan to turn 110 and still be active. That is my goal.”

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

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

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

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