KC Chiefs mascot seriously hurt in zip line stunt - FOX 35 News Orlando

KC Chiefs mascot seriously hurt in zip line stunt

Posted: Updated:
In this file photo, Kansas City Chiefs mascot KC Wolf rides on a zip line before an NFL game. Dan Meers, who sometimes plays KC Wolf, is in stable condition after an accident while rehearsing a zip line routine.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) In this file photo, Kansas City Chiefs mascot KC Wolf rides on a zip line before an NFL game. Dan Meers, who sometimes plays KC Wolf, is in stable condition after an accident while rehearsing a zip line routine.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

By BILL DRAPER

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man who has been the Kansas City Chiefs' mascot for more than two decades was in stable condition after being seriously injured this weekend while rehearsing a zip line routine at Arrowhead Stadium. His attorney said Tuesday his injuries appear to be caused by human error.

Dan Meers, 46, who has played the KC Wolf since the mascot's inception in 1989, was seriously injured Saturday while practicing for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers. No description of Meers' specific injuries was available, but a longtime friend said Meers suffered a serious back injury.

"The injuries appear to be related to the manner in which a third-party company secured the riggings," his attorney, Tim Dollar, said. "However, an investigation is pending."

Kansas City Chiefs spokesman Ted Crews acknowledged Meers' injury Monday but declined to give details about the accident or his condition.

While Meers doesn't perform the zip line routine every game, Dollar said, he was scheduled to do a slight variation of an entrance he'd done earlier this season.

Being the mascot is a full-time job that involves making community appearances on a daily basis, Dollar said.

Meers, who is married and has three children, is part of a close-knit church community that's helping the family, Dollar said.

"They recognize the need to preserve evidence so that it can be investigated and prevent this thing from happening again," Dollar said. "Therefore it was necessary to hire counsel to take over that role while they attend to Dan."

Meers is listed as an executive committee member of the Newark, Del.-based Mascot Hall of Fame. According to its website, Meers previously performed as Fredbird, the St. Louis Cardinals' mascot, and the University of Missouri's mascot Truman the Tiger.

David Raymond, who was the original Phillie Phanatic for 15 years before starting a business training people to be mascots, said acts such as the zip line routine aren't necessarily dangerous with the proper training and professional assistance.

"With anything, there's a certain amount of risk you take," Raymond said. "But I don't think these stunts are dangerous if you have professional people advising you and helping you do them."

Raymond, whose company owns the Mascot Hall of Fame, called Meers "somewhat of a legend in our community" because he was the first NFL mascot created as part of the "new breed" of fan favorites — alongside MLB's Phillie Phanatic and San Diego Chicken.

Rod Handley, a Lee's Summit minister who's known Meers for 24 years, says Meers is an "unbelieveable guy" and is a board member for Handley's ministry, Character That Counts.

"Dan is one of the greatest guys on the Earth," Handley said. "He has a beaming smile always on his face. He's one unbelievable guy."

About 25 friends and church members were at the hospital Sunday when Meers had back surgery, Handley said.

"These are not minor injuries," Handley said. "This is very serious."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • High school football player dies

    High school football player dies

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:12 AM EDT2014-09-02 11:12:05 GMT
    A 16-year-old high school football player from Staten Island is dead after collapsing during practice Monday, officials said. The teen's father says Miles Kirkland-Thomas collapsed Monday morning during practice for Curtis High School. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
    A 16-year-old high school football player from Staten Island is dead after collapsing during practice Monday, officials said. The teen's father says Miles Kirkland-Thomas collapsed Monday morning during practice for Curtis High School. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

  • Bill Clinton to appear in New Haven for fundraiser

    Bill Clinton to appear in New Haven for fundraiser

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:24 AM EDT2014-09-02 10:24:23 GMT
    Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to headline a rally in New Haven to raise money for Democrats running in elections across the country. Clinton is set to appear at the event at the Omni New Haven Hotel on Tuesday. He'll be joined by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, who are seeking re-election in November.
    Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to headline a rally in New Haven to raise money for Democrats running in elections across the country. Clinton is set to appear at the event at the Omni New Haven Hotel on Tuesday. He'll be joined by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, who are seeking re-election in November.

  • G train service restored after Sandy repairs

    G train service restored after Sandy repairs

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:10 AM EDT2014-09-02 10:10:25 GMT
    New York City subway riders are getting back service on the G train between Brooklyn and Queens. The return of service comes as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority reopens a tunnel Tuesday that was heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The Greenpoint tunnel has been closed for five weeks for repairs. Shuttle buses were provided between G stops in Queens and Brooklyn during that time. 
    New York City subway riders are getting back service on the G train between Brooklyn and Queens. The return of service comes as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority reopens a tunnel Tuesday that was heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The Greenpoint tunnel has been closed for five weeks for repairs. Shuttle buses were provided between G stops in Queens and Brooklyn during that time. 
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices