Former Eagles tight end Chad Lewis, fondly recalled for catching a clinching touchdown pass in the NFC title game that sent the Birds to Supoer Bowl XXXIX despite suffering a career-ending foot injury on the play, is embarking on a new challenge.
Lewis is getting together with former Patriots star Tedy Bruschi, former Titans coach Jeff Fisher and four injured U.S. service members to climb Mount Kilamanjaro, in Tanzania, starting May 13. The climb is being held to raise awareness of the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit that aims to honor and empower wounded soldiers.
The NFL trio will prepare for climbing the world's fourth-highest mountain (tallest freestanding, which is certainly the way I prefer my mountains), with practice climbs in Nevada, Colorado and New Hampshire. Two of the service members participating in the climb have lost a leg, one struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, and the fourth lost an eye.
The climb is scheduled to be completed by May 19. Fans can track progress and donate to WWP at www.believeinheroes.org.
Other Eagles stuff of note: The team announced today that Gene Gossage, a two-way lineman who played mostly on defense for the Eagles, passed away Sunday in Old Saybrook, Conn., at age 76.
Gossage threw a key block on a 58-yard Ted Dean kickoff return in the 1960 NFL Championship Game victory over the Packers. He played in 40 Eagles games from 1960-62, after being drafted from Northwestern. He also played in Canada. In retirement, he became vice president of the industrial hardware division of Stanley Industries.
Here's a neat video, if you haven't seen it, draft day with new Eagles linebacker Casey Matthews, who already has a sponsorship deal with Suave shampoo. Hair care is a major concern in the Matthews family, you have to figure.