Ray Lewis was unable to jump on one of the largest piles of rock in the world to record a tackle for charity. Lewis was in Tanzania with the TackleKili organization, to raise money and awareness of the need for fresh water in East Africa. However, he will not be able to make the climb to the peak this weekend, pulling out due to a fever and a foot injury, according to the Baltimore Sun.
“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.”
Ray Lewis has been in Africa over the last several weeks as part of this project, and has been unavailable to provide perspective on the Aaron Hernandez situation as he transitions from player to member of the media. He will start with ESPN in August as a commentator, after his return.