NFL mascot sacked over money dispute

Posted at 4:41 PM, Sep 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-24 17:41:49-04

In the White Bear Lake garage belonging to Hub Meeds is a box containing the original Minnesota Vikings mascot costume.

From 1970 to 1992 -- Hub was the Minnesota Viking, traveling with the team and pumping up the crowd at three Super Bowls.

"Been fun through the years," he said.

And he did it, for little to no pay.

"I felt it wasn't right to try and negotiate a big contract or anything. If they wanted to offer me money, then I took it. But otherwise, I felt I'm doing a service to fans, mostly," Meeds said.

Hub says for the final 9 years of his service, he made about $3,000 a season.

His successor - Joe Juranitch - better known as Ragnar - reportedly made $1500 per home game. Ragnar is now off the job after a contract holdout.

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