CHAD LEWIS HAS SURVIVED Andy Reid's training camps so you just knew he'd have no problem climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.
Early yesterday, the former Eagles tight end was among the NFL's Wounded Warriors contingent that reached the mountain's 19,340-foot summit after an 8-day climb.
"This was an epic adventure," Lewis said in a statement. "We conquered Mount Kilimanjaro . . . This is a great way to shine a huge spotlight on Wounded Warrior Project."
Lewis was part of a group that included former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi. They were joined by four soldiers who were injured in the line of duty.
The goal of the climb was to raise awareness for the project, which helps military personnel who have been injured. Donations can be made at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
There are five statues outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles and - as former Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has noticed - none of them are of him.
The way he sees it, he's every bit as important as Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Chick Hearn, Wayne Gretzky and Oscar De La Hoya - who all have statues.
"I don't understand [it]," he told The Sporting News. "It's either an oversight or they're taking me for granted."
Lakers spokesman John Black told the publication that Abdul-Jabbar will get his statue next.
"It could be next year, the year after or several years from now," Black said.
- Tom Mahon