If you are a massive fan of thunderous dunks, then there's a great chance you've once thought about whatever happened to former Phoenix Suns star Amar'e Stoudemire. Apparently, the 39-year-old is no longer rattling the rim off of lobs, but he's still doing some work. However, not on the court but in a place no one would've ever imagined - a farm.
Amar'e the farmer
Stoudemire last played an NBA game in 2016. A rumored return came after a few years, but nothing materialized; instead, the six-time NBA All-Star wound up taking his talents to his nearly 200-acre farm in Dutchess County, N.Y. where he “raises Black Angus cattle and other livestock.”
Unlike other farm owners, “S.T.A.T.” is hands-on, and the intensity of the work in the fields is no walk in the park. According to Stoudemire, working on the farm also feels like working out in the gym, where “you gotta work through when you’re tired.”
“I have a farm hand, but I’m definitely putting in the hours helping him out,” Stoudemire told Penta. “You have to learn how to operate machinery, like the tractor, learn the land, how to gather the cattle, how to fix the fence posts, how to stack the hay for the barn. So there’s definitely some work that goes into it, but it’s been fun for me.”
Stoudemire’s farm produces an array of products, and he ensures that they provide their customers with the best quality. He always emphasized the need “to make sure that everything is stress-free so therefore when someone's consuming the meat, they’re not consuming any stress that might occur with the livestock.”
Farming for good
Stoudemire’s family is running the farm, but it was his grandfather who introduced him to agriculture. It didn’t take long before the ex-NBA highflyer fell in love with it and now that his basketball days are over, he’s “all in” on the new chapter of his life on the farm.
“I’m all in on the farm,” he confessed. “I want to make sure I build a foundation properly and then make it easier for my children to work and be a part of it when they get older.”
Stoudemire’s unique story proves that just because the NBA is basketball’s biggest stage doesn’t mean every player’s life begins and ends with it. Sometimes, one can find a new lease on life in a humble place such as a farm.