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Who is the lowest and highest paid mascot in the NFL?

With the 2022 regular NFL season off to a start this Thursday, we couldn’t help but turn our heads towards something not talked about enough: mascots.

With the 2022 regular season off to a start this Thursday, we couldn’t help but turn our heads towards something not talked about enough: mascots.
Christian PetersenAFP

The NFL isn’t just about American football and its players. It’s also about the show, the promotional events, the fans, and the SuperBowl that has built a reputation for itself on a global scale. That’s why figures of entertainment like cheerleaders and team mascots on the field have been around since forever, and play an important role in keeping the show always going.

While cheerleaders have always been a topic of conversation, mascots aren’t exactly as talked about. That’s why we were intrigued to look into that aspect of divertissement and know what it’s like to be a mascot in the top tier American League.

Highest-paid NFL mascots

Unlike in college, mascots in the NFL can earn up to $60,000 a year. Only a very few professionals however are able to earn more than the proposed amount, if they signed worthy contracts with their teams.

The Dallas Cowboys’ Rowdy, for example, earns $65,000 per year, which makes sense as the mascot of ‘America’s team.’ Pat Patriot is the second highest-paid mascot in the league, now earning the same amount as Rowdy. They both pocket an hourly rate of $50. San Francisco’s Sourdough Sam comes in third, earning $60,000 per season, and an hourly salary of $45.

Not every NFL team has a mascot, however. While the majority of the 32 teams do, five do not have a mascot: New York Jets, Las Vegas Raiders, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and Washington Commanders.

Lowest-paid NFL mascots

There is no one lowest-paid mascot in the NFL, but there are a few who are paid no more than $50,000 a season, including the Seattle Seahawks’ Blitz and Carolina Panthers’ Sir Purr.

NFL mascots’ salaries in 2022

1RowdyDallas Cowboys$50$65,000
2Pat PatriotNew England Patriots$50$65,000
3Sourdough SamSan Francisco 49ers$45$60,000
4ToroHouston Texans$45$60,000
5Staley Da BearChicago Bears$45$60,000
6SwoopPhiladelphia Eagles$45$60,000
7MilesDenver Broncos$45$60,000
8PoeBaltimore Ravens$45$60,000
9Steely McBeamPittsburgh Steelers$45$60,000
10BlueIndianapolis Colts$40$50,000
11BlitzSeattle Seahawks$40$50,000
12Freddie FalconAtlanta Falcons$40$50,000
13ViktorMinnesota Vikings$40$50,000
14Sir PurrCarolina Panthers$40$50,000

Highest-paid mascot ever

While NFL mascots aren’t making more than these numbers shown above, there are some professional mascots who make six-figures or more in a season. NBA Denver Nuggets’ Rocky is making an insane amount, and considered to be the highest-paid mascot in all of sports, $625,000 per year. Rocky, who’s been around for a while, was even inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame back in 2006.


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