This post is difficult.
I am sad to learn that former K-State quarterback Dylan Meier died after he fell off a cliff while hiking with his family in Arkansas on April 19, 2010. He was 26.
As the K-State athletics department staff photographer, I had photographed Dylan as a member of the football team numerous times between 2002-2006. Whether he was sitting for his media guide mug shot or talking with reporters in the press room after a game, I always found Dylan to be a gracious young man. When Dylan was replaced by Josh Freeman as the starting quarterback, Meier was a class act about it. He would wear a headset, taking the plays from the coaches’ booth in the press box, and signal them to Freeman on the field. Anytime the Wildcats scored, Dylan always led the sidelines in celebration.
Addressing Meier’s death, K-State football coach Bill Snyder said “His spirit for life and adventure is what will live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew him. Right now, he’d want people to celebrate his life and not mourn the loss.”
That will be most difficult.