JEFF FISHER: He crossed 13,000 feet and then took in the moment. Fisher was, for one of the few times in his life, totally speechless.
Around Fisher was the beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro and by his side were some new friends. Fisher is making the climb with former Patriot Tedy Bruschi, former Eagle tight end Chad Lewis and, perhaps most importantly, four injured military service members. The group is raising awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. It's an amazing feat and in this day of lockouts, millionaires versus billionaires and abundance of pettiness across the sports world, this is actually a tale that inspires.
"The thing is words describe some of what we've seen," Fisher told me from the group's base camp. "The views are incredible but I think the biggest thing is doing it with four great soldiers who have served their country and continue to do so. The soldiers making this climb might be one of the most amazing things I've ever seen."
Fisher paused as he was clearly getting emotional. "The military members we're climbing with make you feel really humble," said Fisher. "They're incredible people."
There are four injured soldiers making the trip. Michael Wilson still suffers from traumatic brain injury following an explosion in Afghanistan. Nancy Schiliro lost her right eye following a mortar explosion in Iraq. Bryan Wagner had his right leg amputated below the knee due to an explosion and Ben Lunak tragically was forced to have his leg amputated as well, again, because of an explosion.
"What we do in the NFL is nothing compared to what our service members do for all of us," Fisher said.
I asked Fisher if he's had time to consider when he'd make a return to the NFL. "I haven't given that any consideration," he said. "I'm going to take the year off and do things I wouldn't otherwise be able to do."
Like climbing a mountain with four true heroes.
See you Thursday.