Former Ravens LB Ray Lewis tackled a lot of opposing ball-carriers in his 17-year career.
But now, it appears like his first hurdle in his post-NFL life may have slipped his grasp.
Sickness, including a swollen foot and a high fever, hit the future Hall of Famer hard Thursday in Tanzania as the linebacker lent aid to those in need in East Africa for TackleKili and WorldServe International and Pros for Africa.
Lewis, who along with former Bears DT Tommie Harris, was scheduled to ascend Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to benefit the clean water effort in East Africa.
Lewis and the TackleKili Twitter page chronicled the relief effort on the part of the Ravens LB over the last couple days, and when news came out about Lewis’ misfortune regarding his mountain climb, the foundation was quick to thank the linebacker for all the help he gave.
“Ray stood all day yesterday doing a hearing mission,” trip organizer Frank Gamble said to the Sun. “Last night, he had a bad night, fevered and really rough. So this morning, when he woke up, the foot was killing him, years of injuries and all of that. So we’re going to miss him.”
Lewis described the setback on his own Twitter page as well.
“Foot pain grew worse after yesterday’s hearing mission,” Lewis said. “The team goes on; I will serve otherwise for clean water.”
The injury, which also hampered Lewis at times during his football career in Baltimore, may require surgery.
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