Are the Minnesota Vikings the CHEAPEST Team When It Comes to Mascots?

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When it comes to sports of any sort these days, the show is as important as the game. And NFL mascots are a part of that show, so...do the Minnesota Vikings cheap out when it comes to that important role, or do they bust the bank?

Top Three Highest Paid NFL Mascots

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To no one's surprise, the top-paid NFL mascots are in Dallas and New England.

  • Dallas Cowboys - Rowdy $50/hour or $65,000/year
  • New England Patriots - Pat Patriot $50/hour or $65,000/year
  • San Francisco 49ers - Sourdough Sam $45/hour or $60,000/year

Top Three Lowest Paid NFL Mascots

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Well, here's the thing. The NFL is cheap-city when they can be, so the bottom three all pay their mascots $40/hour or $50,000/year. In fact, that's true for the bottom five.

10 - Indianapolis Colts - Blue (You're my man, BLUE!)
11 - Seattle Seahawks - Blitz
12 - Atlanta Falcons - Freddie Falcon
13 - Minnesota Vikings - Viktor
14 - Carolina Panthers - Sir Purr

I admit, typing Viktor instead of Ragnar felt kinda weird, even 7 years later.

But, whether it's $50k/year or $65k/year, it's not a bad salary for a part-time job that puts you at every game. Plus, this is Minnesota, we're pretty common sense around here.

Has ANYONE Gotten Rich Being A Sports Mascot?

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Yep. The NBA's Denver Nuggets have a mascot they pay more than half a million dollars a year. He's Rocky and he's rumored to make $625,000 a year. He's even in the mascot hall of fame!

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