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NFL mascot injured during rehearsal

AP • Nov 26, 2013 at 1:34 PM


— 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.


Meers, 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."


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.

"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."

Handley said Meers is a devout Christian who is a board member for Handley's ministry, Character That Counts.

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

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

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