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Bruschi among NFL contingent climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  May 5, 2011 02:50 PM

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Patriots great Tedy Bruschi, current St. Louis Ram Chad Louis and former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher are headed to Africa next week to climb a mountain with wounded servicemen and women.

The trio will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa and the fourth-highest mountain in the world, to bring awareness to the Wounded Warrior Project, a organization whose mission is to honor and empower men and women wounded in service.

They will climb with several wounded warriors, two of whom lost a leg in service, one of whom lost an eye, and a fourth who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

“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,” said Bruschi, now an ESPN commentator, via statement. “These men and women are beyond inspiring, and I am thankful to the NFL for this once in a lifetime opportunity.”.

Bruschi, Louis and Fisher have gone on practice climbs in New Hampshire, Nevada and Colorado in preparation for their trip to Tanzania.

The group is expected to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro on May 19 (they begin climbing May 13), and you can follow their progress at www.believeinheroes.org.

Apparently several of you are up in arms that Kilimanjaro isn't the world's fourth-tallest peak. That bit of information came from the press release the NFL is circulating on the climb. I'll listen to Hannah Montana for six hours as punishment for not knowing it was wrong.

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