KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dan Meers, the mascot for the Kansas City Chiefs, has reached a settlement for the injuries he suffered while rehearsing on a zipline last November.
Meers, 47, who had been KC Wolf for 24 years, suffered serious injuries, including seven broken ribs when he crashed down to the ground from the zipline. He spent nine days in the hospital and then said he was off work for six months for therapy.
“Didn’t go quite the way we planned because I jumped out of the lights and fell a little farther than I was supposed to and had a hard landing,” he explained.
According to his attorney Tim Dollar, Meers is in discussions with the KC Chiefs organization to continue his role as mascot, although the role would likely be modified.
“You’re probably not going to see KC Wolf diving off of four-wheelers or ziplining this season because I would be in trouble with my doctor. I would be in trouble with my wife,” Meers said.
While he was off work, Meers wrote a book about his life as a mascot. He hopes to publish “Wolves Can’t Fly” soon.
The amount of the settlement is confidential.
“As part of the agreement, the amount of the settlement and the parties involved in the case are confidential. The matter has been resolved to everyone’s satisfaction and we are delighted Dan can continue recovery without the burden of a trial,” said Dollar in a written statement on Thursday.
The accident happened on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, prior to the Chiefs vs. Chargers game, and ever since, the Meers family says they have felt the support of the community.
“The get-well wishes and support have been overwhelming, and have sustained my family and me during this difficult time,” said Meers in the news release.
“I am a blessed man,” he told FOX 4’s Robert Townsend. “I love what I do. It’s a blast.”