An NFL contingent, along with a group from the Wounded Warrior Project, reached Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, on Wednesday. Former Titans coach Jeff Fisher and former players Tedy Bruschi and Chad Lewis began the climb — intended to raise awareness for Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded soldiers — on May 13.
Fisher told NFL Network’s Derrin Horton by phone Thursday that climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro was the No. 1 experience of his life.
“Words can’t describe what it really is like,” said Fisher, who was standing on the rooftop of his hotel in Arusha, Tanzania in order to get reception. “Add to that the fact that we did it with the soldiers, the Wounded Warriors, was very, very impressive. It was not an easy thing. I checked around as I was preparing and had a couple of guys tell me it was like running a marathon breathing through a straw. ”
Fisher noted that the last day of the hike began after getting just three hours of sleep the night before and that the group left after midnight to make a push for the summit. They hiked for six hours and were able to watch the sun rise from the highest point in Africa.
“Extraordinary effort on behalf of everyone,” Fisher said. “It’s a thrill to be able to reach the summit, overwhelming!”
“This was an epic adventure,” said Lewis. “It was something else to stand on the Uhuru Peak at the summit. We conquered Mount Kilimanjaro; standing on the roof of Africa with Team Hard Target! This is a great way to shine a huge spotlight on Wounded Warrior Project. It was a very tough climb. We’re a little oxygen deprived. The air is so thin. It was amazing, absolutely incredible!”
Said Bruschi: “We were climbing in the dark and freezing rain. Then, we saw the most amazing sunrise that I’ve ever seen in my life. Very difficult climb, but well worth it to make it to Uhuru Peak.”
The group is making their way down the mountain Thursday. You can follow their adventure here.