Dan Meers, KC Wolf, receives Lifetime Achievement Award that now bears his name
LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs mascot Dan Meers is known for his perseverance, enthusiasm and humility, so when he received a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the NFL Mascots Summit in Indianapolis in July, we didn’t see much of the KC Wolf-style swagger from him.
But he could have. Not only was he presented the Lifetime Achievement Award, but the Lifetime Achievement Award was named after him. It’s now called The Dan Meers Lifetime Achievement Award and will be presented, not annually, but when a recipient is deemed worthy.
In college Meers was “Truman the Tiger” at Mizzou. After college, the St. Charles native got his first job as “Fredbird” for the St. Louis Cardinals. That same year, 1990, the Chiefs launched KC Wolf, snapping the one-time college national champion mascot away from St. Louis, launching Meers’ mascot career.
“When I started the job I thought I’d do it a couple of years, then go get a real job like everybody else. Well, I’m still waiting to get that real job if I ever get one,” Meers said in the 2015 interview with FOX 4.
Meers has now been KC Wolf for 27 years.
There was a time when some wondered if Meers’ career would be over. Meers was seriously injured in November 2013 while rehearsing a zip line routine for a Chiefs vs. Chargers game performance.
“Spent nine days in a hospital and six months hanging out at a physical terrorist, physical therapist, I should say,” Meers told FOX 4’s John Holt two years after the accident.
The first preseason game is on Saturday, August 13th against the Seahawks and Meers is getting ready for a successful season. Congratulations Dan Meers on receiving the Dan Meers Lifetime Achievement Award !
Watch: Interview with Dan Meers from September 2015 “With painful accident behind him, Dan Meers continues to delight fans as KC Wolf”
(The video in the player below was shot on Sept. 15, 2013, for the game against Dallas, in which KC Wolf made a grand entrance on a zipline.)