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Peterson Says He’ll Stick With His #28 Jersey Number For Now

Don’t donate those Vikings #28 Peterson jerseys to charity just yet.

The Vikings running back says that he will keep his uniform the same for the Vikings. At least for now.

The star running back said in a series of posts on his Twitter page on Wednesday that he balked at switching because he was told he would have to pay $1 million to cover all the unsold jerseys already produced with his current number.

That’s been NFL policy: Players interested in changing numbers must apply by March of the year in which they want to switch, and they have to buy the unused inventory to compensate the manufacturer.

The league is making a move from Reebok to Nike, creating the potential for players to change without charge, but spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an e-mail on Wednesday the league hasn’t finalized the number-switch policy for 2012.

Peterson said last week on Twitter he was pondering picking either No. 23 or No. 21, posting that No. 28 “has been good” to him but that he felt it was time for something new. Vikings cornerbacks Cedric Griffin and Asher Allen currently have No. 23 and No. 21, respectively, but players in all sports over the years have persuaded — financially or otherwise — teammates to trade them a coveted or customary number.

Peterson is rehabilitating from reconstructive surgery on his left knee after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in late December. He needed 17 tweets — sometimes 140 characters just isn’t enough — to share his point of view on the number-switch policy and the origin of his No. 28. (He said he wanted No. 29 in high school in honor of Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson, but his team didn’t have it. So he picked No. 28.)

Peterson acknowledged criticism from some of his Twitter followers for complaining about the money. But he replied that the decision was an “easy one” not to “waste that type of money just to change a number on my work uniform.”

He said the purported $1 million change fee “blew my mind,” including five exclamation points at the end of that particular post.

Peterson declined further comment through Vikings spokesman Jeff Anderson.

Jerseys are about the most noticeable way for fans to show their allegiance and get into the spirit of the games each Sunday, and stadiums around the league each week are filled with folks wearing replicas of the uniform tops worn by the NFL’s biggest stars.

They aren’t cheap, either, so they aren’t likely to be used for rags around the house. There are always a handful of long-outdated jerseys spotted dotting the seats, whether for players who retired, moved on to other teams or simply changed numbers.

When Randy Moss first joined the Vikings in 1998, he briefly wore No. 18 before switching to the more-traditional No. 84 for a wide receiver. But every once in a while, a No. 18 Vikings jersey with Moss on the back is spotted at a Vikings game or somewhere around Minnesota.

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2 Responses to “Peterson Says He’ll Stick With His #28 Jersey Number For Now”

  1. Vikadan11 says:

    I can think of 1 million reason for AP to keep #28 ~ Sure he has the money to change his number ~ But a smart man keeps his money in this case ~

  2. Lost Viking says:

    Had to condense Handle’s final pick of the season

    N.Y. Giant +125 over New England

    There is a reason they put erasers on pencils. People make mistakes. Contrary to popular belief, odds makers are not exempt. Regardless of the outcome of Super Bowl XLVI, the folks that set the line appear to have erred here. Granted, with Patriot entering this gargantuan game after an efficient 13-3 regular season mark, compared to the Giant’ 9-7 season, riding a 10-game winning streak and with three championship rings already adorning the fingers of QB Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick tandem, it is comprehensible as to why New England would be listed as the favorite in this game.

    However, the public has wised up and braved up. No longer can they be intimidated by the cunning and crafty capabilities of Brady and Belichick. John Q. Bettor can see beneath the surface and when they scratched through it here, they found reason to jump all over the underdog Giant the moment a pointspread was posted.
    Not to take anything away from Patriot. With their future Hall of Fame quarterback at the helm, they are always dangerous. Brady threw for a staggering 5239 yards this season. Not only is it a remarkable achievement, No. 12 does it without having any true wide receivers to throw to.

    Despite the gaudy numbers, there are some offensive issues on the New England side. Most notably is Gronkowski’s high ankle sprain. Of Brady’s 39 touchdown passes on the year, 17 of them went to Gronk. You can’t simply slot in another guy to replace that type of production.

    Concern also lies with New England’s level of competition this season. Before defeating Raven two weeks ago, Pat had only defeated one team with a winning record all season long, That team was the Denver Bronco, hardly worth any comments about them being above .500. In New England’s only games against winning teams, they lost to both Steeler and same Giant, failing to exceed 20 points in either. In the Conference Championship win over Baltimore, Brady and Co. were unable to pass for a touchdown.

    While the issue of pass defense stats is a debatable one, there is no denying that Patriot lack a pass rush. New England’s best quarterback chaser went down in December as DE Andre Carter was shelved for the season, along with his team leading 10 sacks. His absence could be a key component here.

    Even though the team struggled at times, Eli Manning has had an outstanding year. He and his mates have turned up the heat at just the right time. After fighting through injuries and one of the league’s toughest schedules, Giant found themselves at a pedestrian 7-7. Facing sudden-death from that point on, the G-Men have responded with five straight impressive wins, defeating the Jet by 15, Dallas by 14, Atlanta by 22, Green Bay by 17 and finally winning the NFC on the road in San Francisco. Much of that success can be attributed to the younger and less glorified Manning brother. It just seems that you can’t daunt Eli and the Giant. They have this uncanny ability to win just when you think they are cooked.

    In his career, Manning has been a road underdog in seven playoff games and has covered all seven, winning six of them straight up.

    Without pressure and given time to pass to his talented receiving corps, Eli will hurt you. We’ve seen it before, we could easily see it in this match up.

    While each game is a contest unto itself, we cannot overlook the Week 9 game that these two took part in. Not only did Giant win that game as a prohibitive underdog, they did it in New England without WR Hakeem Nicks or RB Ahmad Bradshaw in the line up. With Nicks, Victor Cruz and Mario Manningham all in good health now, we don’t see how Patriot slow down New York aerial game. The Pat don’t have a qualified cornerback that is capable of defending any of the trio, let alone all three. So poor is that secondary, that receiver Julian Edelman could be on the field more as a defender than anything else.

    To this point, New England has found ways to mask its weak secondary, mainly aided by a gratuitous schedule. With the Giant’ talented and tenacious defensive line and pass rush ability, the Patriot will not have the luxury of putting up outrageous offensive numbers in order to hide their defensive liabilities.

    Keep in mind, this game is not in Foxborough. In fact, it’s been six weeks since Patriot have had to leave the comforts of home. New England hosted its final two regular season games, then had a bye, followed by two home playoff games and now a two-week break before suiting up for this one in Indianapolis.

    It would be naive to think Patriot cannot win this game but when you look at the talent levels of both clubs, the body of work of each, the NFC’s clear superiority over the AFC and the neutral playing field, it is obvious that the line is in the wrong place. Like anyone else, the odds makers will have to pay for their mistake.

    Play: N.Y. Giant +125

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