Former Titans coach climbs Mount Kilimanjaro

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 11:39pm
Staff reports

Former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher made it to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro on Wednesday.

It was the culmination of an eight-day ascent by Fisher, several former players and military personnel as part of the NFL’s Wounded Warrior Project.

“We started hiking after sleeping for only about three hours,” Fisher said on the project website “Extraordinary effort on behalf of everyone. It’s a thrill to be able to reach the summit. Overwhelming.”

The party, which included former Philadelphia Eagles tight end Chad Lewis and former New England Patriots linebacker Teddy Bruschi, needed seven hours to complete the final phase of the climb and to reach the highest point in Africa — 19,340 feet.

"We were climbing in the dark and freezing rain," Bruschi said. "Then, we saw the most amazing sunrise that I’ve ever seen in my life. Very difficult climb, but well worth it."

Following a celebration at the summit, the group began its descent, according to the website. The descent is expected to take one more day to complete.

The NFL’s Wounded Warrior Project supports and empowers veterans who have suffered serious injuries in combat once they’ve left the service.

"This was an epic adventure," Lewis said. "It was something else to stand on the Uhuru peak at the summit. We conquered Mount Kilimanjaro; standing on the roof of Africa.

"... 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."

10 Comments on this post:

By: dva56 on 5/18/11 at 10:35

It's nice to see you finally accomplished a goal Coach.

By: wataboutbob on 5/19/11 at 5:15

Jeff will accomplish much more now that he's rid himself of Bud Adams.

By: franklinjones on 5/19/11 at 5:39

I am envious of Coach Fisher for this accomplishment, but "World's Highest Mountain Peak?" My 3rd grader knows that is not correct. Finally in the fourth paragraph does the author right that Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa.

By: budlight on 5/19/11 at 6:56

Nonetheless Franklinjones, it is still an accomplishment. And one that Coach Fisher can be proud of. It's amazing to me that when the Titans won a lot of games the crowd loved him and them. But when the games were lost, the crowd turned sour. So much for loyalty to the coach and team. Fickle fans!

By: pershing83 on 5/19/11 at 7:42

The highest mountain is not necessarily the tallest, considering the difference in height between the peak and the surrounding base of the mountain. There is no precise definition of surrounding base, but Mount McKinley, Mount Kilimanjaro and Nanga Parbat are possible candidates for the tallest mountain on land by this measure. The bases of mountain islands are below sea level, and given this consideration Mauna Kea (4,207 m (13,802 ft) above sea level) is the world's tallest mountain and volcano, rising about 10,203 m (33,474 ft) from the Pacific Ocean floor. Ojos del Salado has the greatest rise on Earth— 13,420 m (44,029 ft) from the summit[citation needed] to the bottom of the Atacama Trench about 560 km (350 mi) away, though most of this rise is not part of the......

By: TITAN1 on 5/19/11 at 7:43

Props to coach Fisher and all the others!

By: Activate on 5/19/11 at 8:27

franklinjones, the actual quote is "the highest free-standing mountain in the world" and is correct. There are mountains that peak at higher elevations than Kilimanjaro, but they are all part of mountain ranges. If you feel the need to make fun of people when they WRITE dumb things, at least make sure you know what they've written.

By: pershing83 on 5/19/11 at 9:08

I was not making fun of anyone;. as a caught politician would say... if I offended anyone I'm sorry.

OTOH, don't be so sensitive about it. Actually I thought my post helpful.


By: blueeagle on 5/19/11 at 10:37

The wounded warrior project is the focus here give cudos where they are needed and stop focusing on the who,it's the why.

By: budlight on 5/19/11 at 12:34

Right on, blueeagle. The Wounded Warrior project is awesome.