UPDATE: Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday (April 26) at the Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium. The family will receive friends following the service in the lower level of Memorial Auditorium. The family suggests memorials to the Pittsburg High School Quarterback Club, Pittsburg YMCA or Kansas State University Football Program. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762.
NEWTON COUNTY, AR --- Former K-State quarterback Dylan Meier died Monday shortly after noon in a hiking accident. Meier, who was in Arkansas with family, suffered fatal injuries after falling 94 feet after slipping off of a rock during a nature outing. Meier was a half mile west of Hawksbill Crag, a popular hiking spot in the Ozark National Forest in Newton County, Arkansas.
Dylan Meier played quarterback for the Wildcats from 2002 through 2006. Meier redshirted during the 2002 campaign and missed the 2005 season due to injury. During his career, Meier played in 35 games, starting 11 for K-State. Meier threw for 2,287 yards with 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He completed 55.2 percent of his passes (202-366) as a Wildcat. Meier continued his football career professionally in Europe.
Meier's older brother Shad also played football for Kansas State from 1997-2000 before an NFL career and his younger brother, Kerry, played football for Kansas; Kerry is currently preparing for the NFL draft. Adam Meier played football at Pitt State.
No information for a memorial service has been released.
Here is the official release from Kansas State University:
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Former Kansas State quarterback Dylan Meier, who lettered three seasons for the Wildcats from 2003-06, tragically passed away at the age of 26 on Monday as a result of a hiking accident in Arkansas.
According to a report from Newton County (Ark.) Sheriff Keith Slape, Meier died from a fall at Whitaker Point, also known as Hawksbill Craig, while hiking with his family.
Meier, who started 11 career games at quarterback, threw for 2,287 yards and 12 touchdowns during his K-State career and was a member of the Wildcats’ 2003 Big 12 Championship squad.
“Dylan was an absolutely unbelievable young man in all the right ways,” head coach Bill Snyder said. “He was a leader in our program and was mature well beyond his years. He possessed all the intrinsic values that make one successful and guided others in that same direction. His spirit and passion for life, adventure and for others will live on in the hearts and minds of all of us that he touched. We will dedicate our spring game and our upcoming season to the memory of Dylan, the spirit he brought to this program, and to his family.”
In remembrance of Meier, the K-State Athletics Department and football program will honor the former Wildcat with a video tribute and moment of silence prior to Saturday’s Purple/White game.
The son of Dennis and Valerie Meier, Dylan came from an athletic family as his brother Shad lettered at K-State from 1997-2000 and went on to a successful career in the NFL and his brother Kerry was an All-Big 12 wide receiver at Kansas through the 2009 season.
An Academic All-Big 12 performer in the classroom, Meier was a standout athlete at Pittsburg High School where he was a SuperPrep All-American before attending K-State.