Former Patriot Bruschi to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

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May 05, 2011 at 04:13pm ET

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Tedy Bruschi overcame long odds by battling back from a stroke to return to football, and ended up playing several more years before deciding he was ready to call it a career.

Tedy Bruschi is about to face another tough challenge next week when he attemps to scale Mount Kilimanjaro. (FILE:Icon/SMI)
The most important thing wasn't his on-field accomplishment, but really the fact that he was able to get through it and continue to live a normal life with his family.

If that didn't inspire you, according to ESPN it appears he's about to take on a new challenge next week.

Bruschi will reportedly join ex-Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher and former Philadelphia Eagles tight end Chad Lewis on a trek to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. They'll attempt to take on all 19,000 feet of the massive mountain on May 13-19 following a day of acclimatization in Tanzania.

"I've never done anything -- and I mean anything -- remotely like this," Bruschi said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.

Bruschi has reportedly started his training by working out on the stair-climber and treadmill in his hiking boots, and has also had some more serious training on the peaks of New Hampshire. An interesting note is that it came thanks to one of our favorite all-time Patriots fans and Bruschi's longtime friend Randy "Zip" Pierce, who is an inspiration himself as he's an accomplished hiker despite being blind, along with Pierce's guide dog.

Bruschi, Fisher, and Lewis will also reportedly be joined by four injured service members to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.