Vikings RB Peterson not willing to pay $1 million to change uniform number

Posted Feb. 02, 2012 @ 7:13 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

How much would you pay for your jersey number?

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is faced with a $1 million expense if he wants to change his uniform number, and the two-time All-Pro isn't happy about it.

The story began on Jan. 20, when the running back informed his followers on Twitter that he was thinking about changing his uniform number. While he acknowledged that No. 28 had been good to him, to the tune of 6,752 career rushing yards and 67 touchdowns, he said he was thinking about changing his jersey to No. 21 or No. 23. He even mentioned that he would choose the No. 1, if NFL rules allowed it.

After falling silent on the subject for more than a week, Peterson learned that he would have to pay a hefty fee if he wanted to make the switch, presumably as compensation for all the No. 28 uniforms and gear that no longer would be in style. Peterson wasn't happy with such a steep charge, particularly when he claims to make only $10,000 of his total jersey sales.

"I have to pay a Million Bucks," Peterson tweeted. "Somebody's winning in that situation & ITs not me! So clearly with that said I won't be changing my number."

Peterson has issued approximately 17 Twitter posts on the subject over the past two days, including some of his own commentary, as well as responses to fan criticism.

According to Peterson, he got his famous No. 28 jersey in high school because his school didn't have a jersey with the No. 29. He wanted to wear the same uniform number as Pro Football Hall of Fame RB Eric Dickerson.