Dan Meers, who is known to most of us as “KC Wolf”, was hospitalized over the weekend after falling from a zip line during Saturday rehearsals at Arrowhead Stadium. His attorney says the injuries were the result of human error.
From a story in the New York Daily News:
Meers … was seriously injured Saturday while practicing for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers. …
“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.”
“Dan is one of the greatest guys on the Earth,” said Rod Handley, a Lee’s Summit minister who has known Meers for 24 years. “He has a beaming smile always on his face. He’s one unbelievable guy.”
A Chiefs spokesman declined comment but did confirm the accident. Dollar, his attorney, confirmed Meers has full use of his arms and legs but needed back surgery to repair damage from the accident.
Here is how the incident was described to Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star:
“This was a modification of the zip-line stunt that he did opening day …” Meers’ attorney, Tim Dollar, said Tuesday. “The modification involved was the use of a bungee. … It would be a little more dramatic to have a bungee cord as you’re traversing across (the stadium).”
But during the rehearsal, Meers careened into seats in the upper deck of the stadium, where he suffered serious injuries…”
KC Wolf has been around since 1989 but only one person, Meers, has been inside the famed costume. Meers is known for his charitable work around the community, and is beloved by many fans. He can be seen at many non-Chiefs community events and at schools around the metro.
Meers is also an executive committee member of the Mascot Hall of Fame. (Yes, that exists.) He was the first ever NFL mascot to be inducted into said hall of fame in 2006.