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Bruschi, Fisher will scale Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Former Titans coach Jeff Fisher won’t be working in 2011.  But it doesn’t mean he won’t be working.

Fisher, former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, and former NFL receiver Chad Lewis will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro later this month, along with four injured members of the armed services.  The effort aims at raising awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization with a mission of honoring and empowering wounded service members.

Making the climb with Fisher, Bruschi, and Lewis will be Bryan Wagner of Exeter, California and Ben Lunak of Grand Forks, North Dakota.  Each man lost a leg while serving in the line of duty.  Also participating will be Mike Wilson of Annapolis, Maryland, who suffers from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, and Nancy Schiliro of Hartsdale, New York, who lost an eye while serving the country.

“Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro will be memorable, but to be able to experience it with service members that have sacrificed so much for our country is what I’m truly looking forward to,” Bruschi said in a statement released by the NFL.  “These men and women are beyond inspiring, and I am thankful to the NFL for this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The climb begins on May 13.  The group’s progress will be updated at www.believeinheroes.org as well as http://on.fb.me/believeinheroes.  Fans will also have opportunities to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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12 Responses to “Bruschi, Fisher will scale Mt. Kilimanjaro”
  1. purpleguy says: May 5, 2011 4:59 PM

    Disabled vets doing this is the story, but I don’t know what the big deal is with NFLers on the Kilamanjaro climb. Sure there’s the elevation and the ascent issues, but I’ve done it, and it’s basically like walking up an inclined gravel road with a ton of rest-stops.

  2. dawkinseffect says: May 5, 2011 5:29 PM

    Chad Lewis was a 3 time probowl TE….not a WR. show the man some respect

  3. ronswansonsdinner says: May 5, 2011 5:56 PM

    Will Vince Young accompany Jeff Fisher on this trip?

  4. volcom2143 says: May 5, 2011 6:09 PM

    Chad big catch Lewis made one of the 2 most memorable catches to beat Vick and the falcons to send the birds to the superbowl . Actually got hurt on the last td catch and never played again . Eagles still miss him in the redzone .

  5. tdk24 says: May 5, 2011 8:31 PM

    Please make them sign a waiver so when they get stuck, no one has to go save them.

  6. NFLJunkie says: May 5, 2011 8:41 PM

    purpleguy:

    If NFLers weren’t involved in the climb, would you be aware of it or of the wounded vets participating? I doubt I would.

    It’s just a way for them to maximize awareness for a cause they believe in. Beats the hell out of hosting some golf tournament at the local country club too, if you ask me.

    Good for all of them, wounded vets and NFLers alike.

  7. bonerchamp says: May 5, 2011 8:44 PM

    Bruschi is an incredible douche.

  8. wwwmattcom says: May 5, 2011 9:16 PM

    Tedy Bruschi had a stroke and now he’s going to climb a mountain, to save more puppies. Here is a radio clip of what was surely the most incredible day since Tedy Bruschi created, well when he created himself.
    http://audio.wgr550.com/a/17953440/classic-bits-tedy-bruschi.htm

  9. hobartbaker says: May 5, 2011 10:30 PM

    So they can have a giraffe’s eye view of the countryside.

  10. footballisfun says: May 5, 2011 10:33 PM

    Good for all of them.

    I might add from some of the comments above, it’s a shame this site allows underage children to post on this board.

    Or perhaps, they’re just underdeveloped adults.

  11. majmalphunktion says: May 6, 2011 12:15 AM

    Tedy Bruschi had a stroke and now he’s going to climb a mountain, to save more puppies. Here is a radio clip of what was surely the most incredible day since Tedy Bruschi created, well when he created himself.
    —————————————————
    Of course posted by a Bills fan…
    Hey, call NE when your team is relevant to the AFC East again. It has only been what, last century since you have played in the playoffs.

    You are right tho- shame on Tedy for educating people about strokes and working with disabled vets and not hocking McDonalds or sneakers.

    Hey, remember that time that Tedy sacked Drew Bledsoe in 2003? Yeah, that was awesome.

    Remember the last time the Bills beat the Patriots? Yep that same year.

  12. hsatpft says: May 6, 2011 7:14 PM

    At 19,341 feet, Kilimanjaro is 4800 feet – approaching a mile – higher than Mt. McKinley, the tallest peak in the lower 48. I hike regularly & I totally respect that. As for some of the critical posts, they are good examples of people unworthy of the sacrifices made for them.

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