KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An undisclosed third party and the man who plays the Kansas City Chief's mascot have reached a confidential settlement out of court over the accident that left him severely injured last season.
Dan Meers, the man behind the KC Wolf mascot, underwent back surgery for injuries he received while rehearsing a skit for a Chiefs game last November . He spent months recuperating from those injuries, and is in discussions with the team to continue on in a modified role, according to a news release.
During the skit, Meers said he was performing a zip-line/bungee stunt that went wrong, causing a hard landing that fractured his tailbone and injured his back to the point of needing surgery.
Meers will continue to serve as mascot for the organization. However, fans may see some changes to skits in the future to ensure his safety and so he doesn’t re-injure himself. He’s served as the team’s mascot since its inception 24 years ago, according to the release. Meers even appeared at an area school on Thursday as KC Wolf.
Meers said he is thankful for all the support from fans as he has worked to recover from his injuries and is looking forward to getting back in the community to entertain and encourage others.
Earlier this year, Meers spoke at length to the Lee's Summit Community Church about his injury, and how his faith aided in his recovery. Watch the video below. Android app users can click here to watch the video .
His passion for being a mascot began in college at the University of Missouri where he “Truman the Tiger.” He also did a stint as “Fred Bird” with the St. Louis Cardinals. Meers thanked the community for their support in a December post on Facebook.
EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story stated Dan Meers reached a settlement with the Kansas City Chiefs. The other party in the settlement is a third-party vendor and is confidential. We apologize for the error.