Last month, we covered the saga of Ragnar, the 21-year Vikings mascot who was jettisoned after he was reported to have demanded $20k a game and a 10-year contract. Those numbers seemed way high. Later that week, Ragnar (whose real name is Joe Juranitch) indicated to ESPN that the organization had already sought to limit him to 1-2 appearances per year on a special occasions basis. The mascot said he was not asking for the $1.6 million accumulation that had been previously reported.
This week, we caught up with Juranitch, and asked him to clarify the numbers and timeline of the negotiations, as well as to discuss how all of this has made him feel the past few months. The conversation got emotional at times, and might make you feel differently about his saga.
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