Archive for Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Chiefs’ mascot visits Genesis

November 26, 2002

Students at Genesis Christian Academy entertained a new kind of guest Thursday morning KC Wolf.

As the 8-foot-tall furry mascot of the Kansas City Chiefs lumbered into the sanctuary, some children shied away from the creature but most moved toward him, laughing and shrieking.

However, when Dan Meers removed his head, a 3-foot-wide wolf mask and the rest of his costume, and got down to his streetclothes, the children settled in to listen to what he had to say.

"It's hard to believe a 35-year-old man can make a living acting like this, isn't it," Meers said.

Meers got his start as a mascot when he dressed as a tiger for the University of Missouri. After college, he signed on with the St. Louis Cardinals, dressed as "Fred Bird," complete with yellow tights and red feathers.

He assured the children this didn't fit with his self-image.

"A 6-foot, 4-inch guy does not look good wearing yellow tights," Meers said, adding he was relieved when he soon received a call from Kansas City.

"Since then I've had 13 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs," Meers said. "I love what I do. I get paid to act goofy, I get to go to work every day in a suit and tail. I know all the Chiefs players and I get to hug all the cheerleaders."

Wolf, who is married and has three young children, said none of this would have happened if he hadn't accepted Jesus when as a teen-ager he attended a camp for Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

"I began to truly understand how God loved me just the way I was," Meers said. ": I asked God to forgive my sins, to come into my heart, to come into my life and be my new best friend."

This faith has sustained him ever since, he said.

"The one guy in my life who never disappoints me is Jesus, my best friend," Meers said. "Jesus is the best friend you'll ever have in your entire lifetime."

He compared his faith to what he does for a living.

"Heaven will be a lot more exciting than any Chiefs game," Meers said. "And I'm sure parking will be a lot less expensive."

Like the games, heaven takes a ticket.

"One of these days we'll get into heaven," Meers said. "You'll have to have a ticket to get there, too. That ticket is Jesus."

And he said, there are other benefits of knowing the angels in heaven.

"I have a feeling that they how to tailgate a whole lot better than we do here," Meers said.

Michele McPherson, secretary at Genesis, said she recommended having KC Wolf visit after her mother saw him at her church.

"We brought him to our school because we knew the kids would love him," McPherson said. "He did a really good job. : He had a good message, too."

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