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NFL mascot injured during rehearsal

November 26th, 2013 1:34 pm by AP

NFL mascot injured during rehearsal

In this Sept. 13, 2010 file photo, Kansas City Chiefs mascot KC Wolf rides on a zip line before an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers, in Kansas City, Mo. Dan Meers, who sometimes plays KC Wolf, is in stable condition after a weekend acciden

KANSAS CITY
— 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, 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."

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.

"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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