If you’ve ever wondered what former Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos linebacker Jake Plummer is up to now, wonder no more: Plummer is the co-founder of Mycolove Farm, which sells locally grown medicinal and culinary mushrooms and mushroom extracts 30 miles outside of Denver, Colorado , from 2021
“It’s not like we discovered this new fungus,” Plummer told USA Today’s Parker Gabriel. “They’ve been around forever, so we’re just figuring out ways to grow them efficiently, extract them so they’re very potent, and then make them available to people who are interested in their health and wellness and preventative maintenance and who are sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
According to USA Today, Mycolove makes about $8,000 a month selling mushrooms found mostly in North America that 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 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 failed during the COVID-19 pandemic due to supply chain issues, prompting Plummer to look into growing the mushrooms. That led Plummer to Mycolove Farm, where his co-founders Shane Schoolman, Leo Polio and Michael Heim opened on October 8, 2021.
“It was 16 years ago when I was the guy leading a team on the field and I’ve changed tremendously since then, 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 helped me and I feel like I have a chance to spread the word.
“It’s past the experimental stage. We’ve been experimenting for a few months and now we know we can do it,” Plummer added. “Now it’s just transitioning into this whole big step up as a business and a startup. We need to have a good product, get people to accept it, put it in all the local places we can get it. Then comes the obvious conundrums of starting up, scaling, finding investors, finding a bigger space, more employees, probably as we go along.
“How far this 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 the NFL to consider CBD and hemp products over pain relievers in 2016. That venture didn’t work, but Plummer eventually discovered mushrooms as an even better treatment option.
“For me, my grandfather had Alzheimer’s, and just doing what I did for a living, I’m trying to do anything that can help me regain my nerve and get back to where I feel,” Plummer said. . “I would think that everyone wants to live a long life. I do it. Longevity, vitality, not just a long life but a good life, not just in a wheelchair until 120. I plan to be 110 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 in the 2006 season. Plummer was previously a second-round pick in 1997 by the Cardinals . He finished his NFL career with 29,253 passing yards, a 57.1 completion percentage, 161 touchdowns and 161 interceptions over 10 seasons.