Lewis pulls out of Kilimanjaro climb

Retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis may have been able

to play in February’s Super Bowl less than four months after

tearing a triceps muscle, but a foot injury and a fever are keeping

him from completing a charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro this



target="_blank">According to the Baltimore Sun, Lewis was

scheduled to participate in the climb through a

target="_blank">charitable organization called TackleKili,

which raises money and awareness for clean water projects in East

Africa. Lewis was already in Tanzania, where he and others —

including former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Tommie Harris and

Brad Pitt’s brother, Doug — provided hearing aids to children

earlier in the week.



However, before the climb, which began Thursday, Lewis’

fever spiked and his foot began swelling. As a result, Lewis

decided to pull out of that portion of the event.

“In the end, Ray’s decision was to let the team move on

without him, rather than hold them back or put himself in a

position where an injury which requires surgery could become even

more complicated,” TackleKili


target="_blank">said in a statement to the Baltimore Sun. “As

always, his team backed his play. So while Ray refocused his

service to this cause at a lower altitude, his team began the

ascent on behalf of those in desperate need of clean water.”

Lewis also posted about the injury to his Twitter page:



The ascent of the 19,340-foot mountain is expected to be

completed Sunday.