The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 27, 2013

Kerry Meier draws strength from brother

By Mark Schremmer
Globe Sports Writer

PITTSBURG, Kan. — When Kerry Meier is faced with obstacles, he thinks about his older brother Dylan.

“I think what I learned best through Dylan is that you have to make the most of a situation, no matter what hand you’re dealt or what happens you have to rebound and react to what happens,” Kerry Meier said about his older brother who died in a hiking accident in April 2010.

Kerry Meier, the former all-state quarterback at Pittsburg High who played wide receiver for the Kansas Jayhawks and the Atlanta Falcons, was in Pittsburg on Saturday for the third annual Get Busy Livin’ 5-kilometer run to raise money for the foundation created in Dylan’s honor.

About 1,000 people gathered in memory of the former Kansas State quarterback on Saturday morning at Pittsburg High’s Hutchinson Field, despite the rain and cold.

“Today is just another reminder of the impact Dylan had on people,” Meier said. “People were fighting through the adversity of the rain and the weather. Knowing that people still showed up and were committed and dedicated to honoring my brother, it’s truly a proud moment.”

Earlier this week, Meier was waived by the Atlanta Falcons. As he waits to see what the future brings in his professional football career, Kerry is using Dylan’s advice to cope with the situation.

“I’m in a position and situation I’ve never really been dealt,” Meier said. “But you got to make the most of a situation. Right now, it’s kind of a transition of having closure with one group and moving on and seeing what’s next.”

Meier spent three seasons with the Falcons after being selected in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. He played 12 games for the Falcons in 2011 but was placed on the injured reserve in 2010 and 2012. He missed this past season with a groin injury and a sports hernia.

“With the NFL and that whole business, this is just part of it,” Meier said. “Transactions like this happen all the time. People move on. You have to understand you can’t hold regrets or anything. It’s a business. They have to do what is best for their organization, and they made the decision to move forward. I respect everything the Falcons did for me and giving me the opportunity to come in and compete. I had a great time in Atlanta.”

Meier said he is enjoying the weekend with family and friends and then will see what this upcoming week brings.

“Right now, I’m keeping my options open,” Meier said. “I’m going to enjoy these next few days and hopefully I will get some people contacting me once the first of the week comes around after the draft and when free agent talks start to resume.”

Meier broke multiple receiving records at KU and helped the Jayhawks win the 2008 Orange Bowl.

Injuries have limited Meier’s production as a receiver, but he was a key player for Atlanta on special teams in 2011.

“This isn’t quite what I envisioned coming into the NFL, being on the injured reserve two out of three years,” Meier said. “It’s definitely been a tough situation, and one I didn’t want to go through. But it is what it is, and that’s what happened. I learned a lot about myself and a lot about life going through these injuries and overcoming them.

“The two things I can pull away from being on injured reserve is that positive attitude will take you a long ways in life and having patience will carry you just as far. Right now, I’m feeling good. My body’s healthy — mentally, physically and for the soul. I’m anxious to get back out there and play football again.”