Take a moment today and say a prayer, light a candle or just spend a few moments sending positive vibes with the name Dan Meers attached to them.
Meers is the man inside the costume of K.C. Wolf, the Chiefs mascot that was created in 1989 and has entertained fans at Arrowhead Stadium and around the area. He was the first man to wear the costume and remains on the job this season, his 25th with the organization.
On Saturday at Arrowhead while going through a rehearsal for Sunday’s game, Meers crashed into seats in the stadium’s upper deck. Details remain sketchy, but some sort of equipment problem with the zip line he was using caused the accident.
He suffered a spinal injury, broken ribs and a collapsed lung. Meers underwent surgery and remains in a Kansas City hospital. He has full use of his arms and legs.
Meers’ lawyer told the media on Tuesday that the accident was caused by human error. Attorney Tim Dollar said Meers’ injuries appear to have been caused from how an outside company secured the riggings for the stunt. He would not name the company, but said an investigation is pending.
Beyond his talents as K.C. Wolf, Meers has been one of the most popular people working for the Chiefs. A good and decent man, he’s done countless charity appearances in the community and he loved to entertain people, whether at Arrowhead, or a grade school, charity auction, or birthday party. He also always wore a smile on his face. There have been times in recent years with the franchise where that smile was the bright spot of people’s days.
Dan, his wife and their three children need your positive vibes right now.