“When the Minnesota Vikings emerged from the TCF Bank Stadium tunnel on Sunday, their entrance was missing something: the bearded, long-haired, fur-clad man who’d rode a motorcycle out of the tunnel at Vikings home games for more than 20 years.
The team released a statement Monday evening saying it had parted ways with “Ragnar.” Joe Juranitch, the Ely, Minnesota native who’d worked as Ragnar (the Vikings’ unofficial “human mascot”) since 1994, posted a photo on his Facebook page of him sitting at home, clad in fur and his Viking helmet, watching the team’s home opener against the Detroit Lions on TV.”
This guy was apparently getting paid a nice $1,500 per game from the Vikings. Which is really not all that bad to dress up, ride a motorcycle, and tell people to yell. I’ve done all of that for free.
Ragnar, though, wanted to increase his compensation to $20,000 for the year and obviously felt justified in doing so. The Vikings didn’t see eye to eye and have since parted ways.