The late-morning sun is shining in the farm fields of south-central Nebraska, a welcomed change this rain-soaked spring.
It’s planting season, and the most famous resident of Trumbull (population 197) is behind the wheel of the red tractor churning slowly alongside Gunbarrel Road.
Life moves about 4 mph these days for 25-year-old Drew Ott.
“It’s pretty tough driving,” he says sarcastically, pointing to the electronic GPS system his family purchased years ago when corn was $7 a bushel — about double what it is today. “You just hit this little button right here, and it drives straight.”
Ott, a former football star at Iowa, is a full-time farmer now and says he has retired from football. But it’s clear he hasn’t fully let go of what could have been.
Make no mistake: Ott is happy. The farm life was always his dream. But he wasn’t supposed to already be here.
He was supposed to be at one of the NFL’s 32 organized offseason workouts this week, not pouring bags of corn seed into the back of his planter.