Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was not able to go through with his plan to climb Mount Kilimanjaro because of a foot injury and fever, the Baltimore Sun reported Friday.
Lewis joined forces with TackleKili, a charitable organization, to climb the Tanzanian mountain to raise money and awareness for clean water in East Africa.
"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 said in a statement. "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 departed Wednesday for the trek to the 19,340 foot summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the continent's highest point. The team, which includes former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris and Doug Pitt, the brother of Hollywood actor Brad Pitt and the goodwill ambassador to the country, expects to complete its quest at some point Sunday.
TackleKili's mission was initiated to benefit WorldServe International.