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KC Wolf reaches settlement following serious fall

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The man who plays the Kansas City Chiefs' mascot, KC Wolf, has reached a settlement with the company responsible for an undisclosed amount after he suffered serious injuries while rehearsing a zip line routine last season.

The law firm representing Dan Meers made the announcement Thursday afternoon.

"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 attorney Tim Dollar.

KC Wolf has been spotted all over Kansas City and he's been all over the world. Now the man behind the mascot is speaking about why he decided to settle a lawsuit after his near-deadly accident on Nov. 23, 2013 before a Chiefs vs. Chargers game.

"I never dreamed you could make a living being a professional mascot and for 25 years, that's what I've done," Meers said.

KC Wolf isn't afraid to take risks. He's zip lined, jumped from moving vehicles and barreled himself into audiences, but last year the Wolf took a dive that almost killed him.

Meers is the jester underneath the wool and fur. He's been KC Wolf since the mascot's inception 24 years ago, almost a quarter of a century, and he's never missed a Kansas City Chief's game since 1990.

But last November, while practicing for one of his grand entrances, Meers fell more than 50 feet from the stadium lights. Meers was supposed to bungee jump and then zip line onto the field, but he fell into the stands.

He suffered a broken back, broken ribs and several other injuries. While he was seriously injured, he is expected to recover.

"It was an accident, the company that set it up, it was just an accident. The guy who did the set up was a friend of mine before and continues to be a friend of mine. He feels just as bad about it as I do. It happened. I'm not the one to walk around carrying grudges," Meers said.

As part of the settlement agreement, the defendant will remain unnamed. KCTV5 searched federal and state court records Thursday and could not find the case. In the past, it was indicated that Meers was not suing the Chiefs but was seeking payment from the third-party vendor responsible for the rigging.

"The get-well wishes and support have been overwhelming, and have sustained my family and me during this difficult time," Meers said in a release as he and his family expressed their thanks to the Chiefs, fans and community for their support.

The attorney for the defendant did not have a comment and the amount of the settlement is confidential.

Meers said while he was in recovery for the six months, he wrote a book because he was having trouble sleeping. It's titled Wolves Can't Fly and it will be published in November.

Meers has already returned to a modified role as the Chiefs' mascot.

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