Former NFL player Mark Pattison has gone on to do many things outside of football. He is the founder of several companies and he is currently on a quest to climb the Seven Summits.
The Seven Summits are the highest peaks on each continent around the globe: Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Elbus in Europe, Mount Kosciusko in Australia, Mount Aconcagua in South America, Mount Denali in North America, Mount Vinson in Antartica and Mount Everest in Asia. He first scaled Kilimanjaro in 2013 and, so far, he has climbed five of the peaks.
Pattison has plans to complete his journey by 2020. He has embarked on this quest after a series of personal setbacks led him to seek out more.
In 2011, he split up with his wife of 24 years and his father died from a stroke. That inspired him to get out of the rut he was in.
Pattison spent three years in the NFL in the late 1980s with the Los Angeles Raiders, Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints. The Raiders selected him in the seventh round of the 1985 NFL Draft.
Pattison was also a three-year letterman at the University of Washington. He was inducted along with the 1984 team into the Husky Hall of Fame in 2016.
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